A still/frame grab from a GoPro camera I placed on a shelf above us during the workshop held last Thursday. I came up with a simple but effective way in Photoshop & FinalCutPro to create an animated/graphic score using the outline of some of the offshore islands around Shodoshima, and we improvised a soundtrack for each of eight islands.
It was such fun, and I suspect for non-musicians it provided a little taste of what it is like to be part of a band or ensemble i.e. being part of a collective sound that is greater than its parts. But it also provided a valuable opportunity to be totally present and in the moment – becoming one with sound!
Prior to us starting the recording session I explained a little of my process and sited this gorgeous example by Toru Takamitsu of a graphic score:
I recorded the performances of course (in sync via DPA mics into MBox, and in parallel with MKH8040s into Sound Devices 744) and will be working with the workshop recordings as elements, along with field recordings & other music elements, in creating a final score for each island.