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Sheet Music: Score

EXIT : performance instructions ONLY / Felicity Wilcox.

by Felicity Wilcox (2015)


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EXIT was written for Decibel new music ensemble and premiered at their concert "Anime"; a program of works exploring the concept of 'animated notation'. This emerging form of music notation uses graphic instructions such as interactive computing, video, and lighting to action musical performance.

EXIT was shot and recorded on an iPhone6, on a series of train journeys around Italy in the European summer of 2015. It uses video as a score, with pitches assigned to specific letters, video editing as a structural and rhythmic device, framing relates to instrument register and dynamics, graffiti is mapped to extended instrumental techniques, and light pulses generated by filming lights in train tunnels indicate ways to incorporate unpitched percussion. The audio captured during filming provides the electronic layer. This consists of many low frequency sounds, due to the predominance of slow-motion footage, with sounds speeding up and slowing down audibly in response to changes in filming speed.

EXIT represents a dynamic new approach to composition that directly embeds the visual, aural, and the conceptual, and moves beyond established boundaries of the incidental score for video, or of an improvised indeterminate work. As such, it represents an important contribution to the repertoire of animated notation. Unlike other works in this field, it relies upon simultaneous projection and performance; with video functioning both as instructional document and as immersive visual text; levels of meaning that affect performers and audience differently. Due to the compositional approach, which broadly maps musical to visual parameters, it can be adapted to any instrumentation, and no two performances are likely to be the same.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (7p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Score caters for guided improvisation, so individual performers can adapt it to their ability.

Duration: 10 min.

First performance by Decibel New Music — Sep 15. Anime Program, PICA, Perth

This product is the performance instructions only for a video scored work.

ISMN: 979-0-900977-75-5

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