Sunday, April 19, 2009

Continued Scratch Music, Part 2

Part 2 of Scratch Music Transcripts:


"Have no control whatever.  Just react."

"Play scales"

"Have between six to twelve whistles.  Play all of them at least once."

"Invent a private musical journey and go on it."

"Lazy Scratch no. 2
Copy other people.  Play and act what others are doing.  Be as unoriginal as possible.  (Selecting who to copy could be too active, maybe copy people in some sort of mechanical order, such as alphabetical, etc...)"

"Make small percussion sounds.  Interject pitch sounds - small - sparse.
Periods of silence - thought - consideration of environment."

"Improvise or rather extemporize on trumpet theme from Mahler's fifth symphony.  (Try to avoid creating an ostinato)"


"Play something you think will please a conservative audience - watch the reaction of the other performers - if they look amused continue, if they look annoyed - play another accompaniment - and if they don't look - play louder!"

"Legato/slow.  A definite ostinato but beautiful. 
1) repeat many times 
2) repeat about eight times
3) Play one, two or three times
Play in order 1,2,3 then repeat as many times as you like"

"Scrape with a stick on something rough, and hum slow continuous glissandi"


"Make a low pitched sound"

"Sporadic hand clapping"

"Construct a situation in reverse"

"Whistle aimlessly"

"Monotone vocal"



"Make an autobiographical statement, i.e. Show Off"

"Bow a variety of objects"

"Make sounds with a cymbal"

"Tell a story"


"Improvised Horn"

"Clap in waltz time"

"Play a sound as nearly as possible the same pitch, duration, dynamics, etc... each time.  Never play it at the same point in space twice."

"Listen to sounds.  If they are high play loudly. If they are low play quietly.  If they are loud play high.  If they are soft play low.  If they are unpitched contradict the rhythm."

"With a wind instrument investigate one note with:
1) vibrato
2) flutter tonguing
3) trills
4) tonguing
5) humming while playing
After investigating each, separately combine two or more"


"Do something until you go wrong.  When you go wrong, sing a long note and then resume."

"Saxophone: D, E, F#, G, Ab, Eb"

"Instrumental:  Play one note repeatedly.  On playing another note, by mistake, repeat it, use it in addition to the first note.  Continue these two notes until you play another by mistake.  Each mistake is incorporated into a gradually increasing ambit of notes.  When you have as many notes as you think you can manage, start eliminating them one by one."

"Scratch music for violin:
Trills/glissandi/occasional pizz/(and tremoli)"

"Bell sound"

"Two things at once"

"Melodic Variation"



"Minor music"



And part three will be on the way, for the collected scratch music transcripts of "basically" what I think is playable by an ensemble, without having to acquire too much equipment, travel somewhere to play, or is lighter on the side of performance art, and more on the side of things sound related...I'm leaving a lot of the pieces out, but these are the ones that make the most sense to me, as can be interpreted by basically anyone.

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