The task of this workshop was to make an assemblage of sound and communicate with musicians in performing the piece. The students can choose any visual or auditory language to design a score of the piece such as video footages, edited sound pieces, or diagrams.
I used Korean alphabet and sound effect vocabularies to create a typographic score. Korean alphabet was designed after the shape of throat, mouth and tongue location when you make a sound. Therefore, its sound effect vocabularies intuitively relate to actual sound very well and there are various sound words which imitate sound and even psychological states. As soon as the musicians were informed how Korean were invented and the basic principles of the score, they enthusiastically tried to play the piece with their own voice under the direction of Mauricio Pauly, contemporary music composer and part time tutor for the course and me. After a few vocal trials, they played it with their instruments with out practice. You could see how visual image could transfer to sound. It is important that physically understanding the sound can greatly influence actual performance.
You could see how visual image could transfer to sound. It is important that physically understanding the sound can greatly influence actual performance.
Filmed by SueJan Yeong and Helen Fitzgerald
Edited by Young Eun Kim
Musicians: Distractfold Ensemble
Related link: distractfold.org.uk/?project=df-wrkshp-aais-15-11-2012