Structured Autonomy: A Test


Paper, method of writing, instruments



Score for a piece with any number of performers, instruments, and electronics. From the score itself: “This is a piece that enables you, the performer, to choose what types of sounds the audience will hear. The piece is structured in five numbered sections, each of which is around 30 seconds long. In each section you will perform the sounds indicated by the given letter for around 15-20 seconds. For the last 10-15 seconds of each section, you will select the material that will be part of the next section, and then pass your score, with this chosen material, to another stand nearby. You should be making any sounds on the instrument during this time.” First performed in a rehearsal with the Cornell Wind Ensemble in 2008. During this performance I also added granular synthesis and other noise produced in pure data, which is an optional addition not mentioned explicitly in the score.

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First page of score
Second page of score


is that a live actor teenage mutant ninja turtle face I see in the background?
nice piece, autonomous ton(n)es
I want to hear the granular synthesis…
if only individually recorded choices(notes or keys for instance, the selection doesn’t have to be arbitrary though) of each musician could be uploaded in real time and re-distributed via a screen, each member of the ensemble could decide to play along or make dissonance…would this change make the project more democratic or more of a group behavior long would it take for the ensemble to achieve a balance of unity or harmony…
thanks for posting nick, brings back good memories
elliot hess

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