Animated Graphic Score as played by Kammer Klang Quartet!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 | Graphic Scores, Live Shows, Processing

I’m really happy about how the premiere of the score piece turned out! I think the Kammer Klang Quartet did an excellent job with it. It was inspiring to see how each individual dealt with the notation in a different way while still maintaing some kind of group integrity. It seemed like the whole thing went down well with the audience too, perhaps because they could see the score projected as it was played. I’m going to work on a second score as soon as I finish off the things I have on my plate at the moment, perhaps now the rules have been established it might be fun to bend them a little.

I must thank Lucy for putting on a great night and Dave for his dedication to the sound! Also my thanks to Mr Leo – Simon Bookish who’s criticism and suggestions were invaluable in the making of this piece. 

The Kammer Klang Quartet were:

Kammer Klang is a monthly event and I highly recommend it!

Finally a note about the video – The audio sync is not perfect, this is a video issue and nothing to do with the fine playing of the Quartet! The sound was recorded on my little Sony D-50 and my Soundman Binaural mic’s laid on a table so it’s not fantstic. Good enough though to illustrate the evening’s events.

All the best,

Leafcutter John.

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11 Comments to Animated Graphic Score as played by Kammer Klang Quartet!

January 30, 2009

the quartet has made a fantastic job with your score, it’s not easy for them. Sometimes they are not doing exactly what’s on the score (always were i would like to) but sometimes they transform your score for more complex things and it’s a gift.
The final result remind me one of my former teacher jean-yves bosseur, from le groupe Intervalles, “specialist” and friend of every artist mixing graphism and music.

Continue comme ça c’est un bon début.
Mica lo Besonhos

Shane Mc Kenna
January 30, 2009

Great work. Its a brilliant way of engaging the audience and creating a collaboration with different musicians. Looking forward to your next one. I’ve been working with graphic notation in a similar way, have a look, let me know what you think,
Well done,

Leafcutter John
January 30, 2009

Hi Shane, I did come across your work when I was researching processing on vimeo – you do use processing? I really like the audience participation aspect and the use of consonant sounds is really nice. I’m fascinated by how movement can evoke different rhythmic responses and your work is more developed than mine in that direction.

Mica, I will certainly continue to develop my ideas! I’m researching jean-yves bosseur now.

Cheers both,


Shane Mc Kenna
January 30, 2009

Hi J, You mean processing sound to create the visuals? I haven’t done it myself but it’s a good idea. I create the notation from scratch in After Effects, it’s time consuming but offers a lot of freedom. I have a piece being performed in a couple of weeks in Dublin and Belfast with the ICC (test piece on Vimeo) and a few projects in the pipeline for graphic notation events in Dublin.
I’ll let you know how it goes and about future events that might be of interest.
Good luck,

Leafcutter John
January 30, 2009

no i mean do you use the program Processing to create your visuals? That name causes so much confusion!

Bertrand Fraysse
January 31, 2009

Looking at the video, I minded to know if you’ve seen that ?

If I understand well, in your score, a color is linked to a musician… but I think color, brightness and contrast is at least as important as the shape and the position of the elements.
But it works like that and it would add a very large amount of work.

Whatever, I enjoyed looking to the score and listenning to the music.
Thank you very much for sharing it.

Leafcutter John
January 31, 2009

Yes I have seen the score to Artikulation, but it was after I completed my score. It has some similarities but my concept is very different. I’m not sure if i understand your comment “brightness and contrast is at least as important as the shape and the position of the elements.”…

all the best,

Bertrand Fraysse
January 31, 2009

My comment is linked to the fact that in your score there’s only 4 different colors and I personnaly think that colors in this kind of score can influenciate and maybe help musicians to know what you want.
Just an idea.

Leafcutter John
January 31, 2009

thanks for explaining, I’m planning to use colour intensity in my next piece. For this one I decided to go for a simple colour palette for a number of reasons. Firstly I wanted there to be no confusion for the players about which is their part, I reasoned that the piece might not always be projected in ideal conditions so for safety i chose those colours as they should remain readable in most light conditions. Generally I think there is enough complexity for the players already given that they are interpreting; volume, pitch, varying attack and decay times as well as taking in the written text and all the time trying to play everything at the exact time shown on the video.

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Cat Hope
April 15, 2010

hi there…
Love this, i have been working with similar stuff, if you would like to see – some images here (not playing through on this site yet tho):
and recordings of them here
if you are ever in Perth let me know, i would love to meet you.

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