29 Brown

The article by Earle Brown is composed of several excerpts from notebooks and essays. In it, he articulately describes the theory and philosophy behind his compositions and gives us an insight to the schools of thought around his time in the 50's and 60's, including the New York School. His compositions are intended to join the audience with the performance. Instead of attempting to recreate the score which the composer has laid out, the composer gives the instrumentalists a highly relative and ambiguous score for them to improvise on. He was highly influenced by the mobiles of Alexander Calder and commissioned him to create a mobile which would conduct an ensemble. The movements and colors of the mobile instructed the performers to play on given movements and in turn move the mobile, creating a sort of feedback loop within the performance. Another one of his pieces involved a 25 page score which can be played in any clef, upside down or rightside up with relative duration and intensities decided by the performer. I really enjoyed his perspective on art and it is truly an inspiration for the kinds of interactive new media applications we're working on here at Stetson. Breaking down the mold of art as a static medium and making it truly real and in the moment, solely for the audience at hand.

Calder Foundation

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