Moving Pictures is an ongoing research and performance project concerned with the evolution of improvisational art. In performance, Oguri dances enveloped in the motion/vibration of the sonic conversations of Ralph Jones, Hamid Drake and myself. We improvise by listening, looking and using our imaginations. This recording is a document of such a performance. The listeners is "hearing" the dance in that the sonic gestures were shaped by our responding to Oguri's spatial movement, facial expressions and the emotional aura he projects.
12 Arrows is a non-linear compositional "map" which contextualizes thematic materials and the nature of the relationships of our improvisational dialogue. The compositional materials consist, among other things, of melodies, rhythm forms generated through cycles and polymeters (what I call "cyclic verticalism"), textural gestures, various musical languages, tone rows, traditional and synthetic scales, diadic and other harmonies, call and response, polyphony, dynamics and the coloration of silences. The artists are free to use any of these materials at any time filtering them through individual and collective thought processes and sentiments. In this orchestral approach to improvisation we are attempting to generate musical delineations of sound against sound, form against form, and rhythm against rhythm in a non-linear, ever shifting kaleidoscope of sonic images which the listener can choose to experience as almost three dimensional or spherical. This process serves the creation of emotional coloration and expression whereby the music can communicate directly from one heart to another.
released May 28, 2016
Recorded live in concert
Continuous performance in 12 sections. Markers placed for listening convenience.
Adam Rudolph: Hand Drums (Congas, Tumbas & Djembe Set), Udu Drum, Thumb Piano, Talking Drum, Bamboo Flute, Voice, Overtone Singing, Gongs, Cymbals, Percussion
Recorded in concert at the Flynn Theatre, Burlington, Vermont, September 27, 1998
Recorded & mixed live to 2 track by Norman Blain
Mastered at El Dorado Studios by Brian Carlstrom
Concert hall sound by Tom McKenny
Artwork by Adam Rudolph
Design and layout by Kam
Produced by Adam Rudolph
Thanks to Arnie Malina & the staff & audience at the Flynn Theatre
Thanks also to Thomas Buckner & Mutable Music staff, Robert Browning & WMI staff & Martine Urbach