NEW WRITINGS OF SOUND AND MUSIC// John Huenemann // Koans and Deities
Jaime’s first interpretation scroll for Koans and Deities. (Jaime Furda, 2011)
1. How would you describe this form of writing sound and / or music?
This piece, and many others of mine, are simply a set of instructions for a pattern to be followed by the performers. Only the second movement uses standard notation. It’s rather like writing a computer program- write a set of instructions, say « go », and then the resulting sounds and images unfold naturally. Recently, I’ve been interested in writing music that can be handed to any ensemble, so that the idea of making music together is more important than an exact interpretation of the score.
The piece can be performed with three performers, or two if one is a multi-instrumentalist. The notated sections give the performer a lot of freedom. The painter can use the music in whatever way they see fit- they can match their movements literally to the motion of the music, or work independently and simply use the given colors to illustrate the idea of koans and gods.
One of the things I like best about this piece is that it can change to suit any group that performs it- every painting will look different, every improvisation will sound different. To me, the piece has two distinct layers- one is the surface level- a pleasant sound and an interesting painting. The second layer is a little deeper- there is a meditative quality to how the performers work together, and how the piece demonstrates the concept of meditation and seeking to understand ourselves.