Spring 2014
COMPOSITION - Ludzas 24 & Zirgu Pasts
garijose@isu.edu; josephine.garibalidi@fulbrightmail.org
Assignments

Monday 3 February
Introductions
Review of Course
Musical Analyses
Lab: Review of Elements of Movement

  • Posture/Axial
  • Gesture
  • Locomotor (walk, run, leap, jump, hop, jop, gallop, slide, skip, crawl, roll)
  • Space (kinesphere, social space, public space, environmental space)
  • Positive/Negative space
  • Energy- Margaret H'Doubler's 6 qualities; Rudolf Laban's 4 efforts.

Phrase study: Elements
1) Movement Invention w/Chance Operations: Body part, locomotor, Level, H'Doubler Quality, Relative Time.

A1: Lower Leg, Skip, Medium, Percussive, Very Slow;
B1: Ribs, Jump, High, Suspension, Very Slow;
C1: Pelvis, Leap, Low, Vibratory, Very Fast

2) Form a phrase:

  • 2 new Groups (equal number representing original groups A, B, C);
  • As a group, create one phrase by assembling movement, one from each A-B-C; repeat with each
    A-B-C movement of all in the group. E.g. A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C.
  • Be mindful of the transitions, the space/time in between each movement.
  • Perform in unison.
  • This phrase will be your new A1.

Thursday 6 February
Assignment Due: Elements phrase study A1
Lab: Continue with review of Elements of Movement

  • Time
    • Relative Tempo/Speed
    • Rhythm
      • Metric, Non-Metric
      • Vocal Sounds
      • Body Percussion
    • Pause/Accent
    • Duration
  • Trace Path (Locomotor, Spoke-like, Arc-like);
  • Pathway (Forward/Backward, Side/Side, Up/Down, Right, Left, Diagonal, Circular, Serpentine, Zig Zag, etc.)
  • Direction
    • In relation to performance space:
      • Upstage, Downstage, Stage Right, Stage Left, etc.
    • In relation to the performer:
      • Forward; Forward/Right; Right; Back/Right; Back; Back/Left; Left; Forward/Left
      • Forward/High; Forward/Right/High; Right/High; Back/Right/High; Back/High; Back/Left/High; Left/High;Forward/Left/ High;
      • Forward/Deep; Forward/Right/Deep; Right/Deep; Back/Right/Deep; Back/Deep; Back/Left/Deep; Left/Deep; Forward/Left/Deep
      • High/Medium/Deep
  • Laban Spatial Scales
    • The Defense Scale (1 Dimensional along the Vertical, Sagittal and Horizontal Axes)
      • High-Deep-Forward-Back-Left-Right
    • Diagonal Scale (to directions defined by 3 Dimensions)
      • Forward Right High - Back Left Deep
      • Forward Left High- Back Right Deep
      • Back Left High - Forward Right Deep
      • Back Right High - Forward Left Deep

Phrase study: Continue with Elements phrase study
Manipulate your new A1 according to the new prompts: Pathway, new body part, new locomoter, new body part, number, pathway, new body part. This will be your A2:

  • Group 1: (pathway pattern-drawing), head, leap, knee, 4, spiraling, ankle;
  • Group 2: (pathway pattern-drawing), elbow, jump, fingers, 11, diagonal, wrist;
  • Group 3: (pathway pattern-drawing), abdomen, skip, head, 8, spiraling, toe.

Non-Metric Study: Score the sound of an environmental space. This could be the city streets, your home, a park, a playground, in a classroom, etc. Bring with you to class on Monday 10 Feb.

Monday 10 February
Assignment Due: Non-Metric score.
Assignment Due: Elements phrase study A2
Phrase study: Continue with Elements phrase study:

  • Perform A2;
  • Seamlessly perform A1 and A2;
  • Manipulate Form: Unison, Solo, Repetition, Chance;
  • Manipulate Stage Space.

Lab: Laban A & B Scales

The A and B Scales (to the 12 corners of the 3 Dimensional Planes-Vertical, Sagittal, Horizontal)

  • A Scale-performed in progression of Vertical, Sagittal, Horizontal
    • Right High-Back Deep-Forward Left;
    • Right Deep-Back High-Forward Right;
    • Left Deep -Forward High-Back Right;
    • Left High -Forward Deep-Back Left;
    • High Right
  • B Scale-performed in progression of Vertical, Sagittal, Horizontal
    • Left High - Forward Deep - Back Right;
    • Left Deep -Forward High-Back Left;
    • Right Deep -Back High-Forward Left;
    • Right High- Back Deep - Forward Right ;
    • Left High

Phrase Study:

A. Create a phrase with seamless transitions in the A scale in the following order. Due 13 Feb.:

  1. RH knee;
  2. BD heel;
  3. FL toe;
  4. RD ankle;
  5. BH finger;
  6. FR arm;
  7. LD head;
  8. FH abdomen;
  9. BR elbow;
  10. LH foot;
  11. FD neck;
  12. BL pelvis.

B. Create a new phrase with seamless transitions in the B scale in the following order (same body parts as A). Due 13 Feb.:

  1. LH knee;
  2. FD heel;
  3. BR toe;
  4. LD ankle;
  5. FH finger;
  6. BL arm;
  7. RD head;
  8. BH abdomen;
  9. FL elbow;
  10. RH foot;
  11. BD neck;
  12. FR pelvis.

Thursday 13 February
Assignment Due: A & B scales phrase study.
Musical sources available here.
Phrase Study: A & B scale partnering: Anne-Birthe/Janis, Elisa/Eva, Agate/Ivars, Ruta/Rudis, Martins/Anastasija
Bring a copy of your writing from the Drive;
Bring your non-metric sound score.

Lab: Time

  • Non-metric:
    • Following your non-metric score, create a short study. Must include qualitative locomotor;
    • Perform your phrase accompanied by sound/vocalization choir of class members.
  • Metric: Accent and Time Signature
    • Create mixed meter score (e.g. 3/4, 6/8, 5/4 etc.) of at least 3 different meters of at least two measures;
    • Following your mixed meter score, create a short study in locomotor;
    • Perform you phrase accompanied by hand/body percussion ensemble of class members.

Assign: Music Analyses.
Assign: Non-Metric Phrase Study;
Assign: Metric Phrase Study.
Assignment: Building source material. Due Monday 17 Feb:
Beginnings of a sound score:

Sense of Place pics:

  • Choose your own pic and one of the Sense of Place pics that have been shared for the Digital Choreography project;
    • Create a non-metric score/drawing for each of the two pics;
    • Divide the drawing into 4 sections;
    • Free associate 4 qualitative adjectives or adverbs for each pic (e.g. pastoral, squiggly, agitated, etc.) for a total of 4 words each pic. Post new words in the Drive (make sure you include your name in the .doc name);
    • Create a 4 part phrase for each pic with the following structure (I recommend using chance operations to arrive at your structure-e.g. pulling directives from an envelope):
      • Section 1 of score, body part, new word (from free association), direction (in relation to performer-see above), locomotor;
      • Section 2 of score, body part, new word (from free association), direction (in relation to performer-see above), locomotor;
      • Section 3 of score, body part, new word (from free association), direction (in relation to performer-see above), locomotor;
      • Section 4 of score, body part, new word (from free association), direction (in relation to performer-see above), locomotor.
    • Finish the phrase as one with seamless transitions between the 4 parts.

Rhythm Verses and Text:

  • With the significant words you chose to write your verses and text, free associate 2 "juicy" verbs for each of the 4 words you used for your verse and each of the 4 words you used for your text for a total of 16. Post in the Drive (make sure you include your name in the .doc name);
  • Using the new "juicy" verbs free associated from your "significant" verse words, you will create 4 phrases using the following structure for each phrase. I highly recommend you use chance operations:
    • First "significant" verse word, body part, locomotor, new "juicy" verb associated w/1st verse word, direction (same as above), body part, locomotor, 2nd new "juicy" verb associated w/1st verse word, direction (same as above);
    • Second "significant" verse word, body part, locomotor, new "juicy" verb associated w/2nd verse word, direction (same as above), body part, locomotor, 2nd new "juicy" verb associated w/2nd verse word, direction (same as above);
    • Third "significant" verse word, body part, locomotor, new "juicy" verb associated w/3rd verse word, direction (same as above), body part, locomotor, 2nd new "juicy" verb associated w/3rd verse word, direction (same as above);
    • Fourth "significant" verse word, body part, locomotor, new "juicy" verb associated w/4th verse word, direction (same as above), body part, locomotor, 2nd new "juicy" verb associated w/4th verse word, direction (same as above).

Monday 17 February
Building source material: Recording of self recitation of verse posted; Sense of Place pics phrase; Rhythm verse phrases.

Thursday 20 February
Manipulating Source Material
Compositional Devices: Drawing upon the discipline of Music-click this link to find definitions (My thanks to David Marchant for providing this list):

  • Retrograde
  • Diminution
  • Augmentation
  • Isolation
  • Accumulation
  • Transposition
  • Transformation
  • Inversion
  • Canon
  • Embellishment
  • Harmony
  • Melody

Lab: Manipulating source material:
Choose one of your Sense of Place pics phrases to use as source material.

  • A1=Sense of Place pic as source material;
  • A2= A1 in Retrograde;
  • A3= Choose either A1 or A2 and manipulate using Diminution;
  • A4=Choose either A1 or A2 and manipulate using Augmentation;
  • Perform all 4 phrases as one with seamless transitions.

Monday 24 February
Manipulating Source Material
Compositional Devices: Continuing with Musical Form
Lab: Manipulating source material:
Choose one of your Word phrases from verse or text to use as source material.

  • B1=Word phrase as source material;
  • B2=Transpose B1 to different body parts;
  • B3= Choose either B1 or B2 and transpose using different levels;
  • B4=Choose either B1 or B2 or B3 and transpose using traveling pathways;
  • Assemble all 4 phrases as using the Musical Compositional Form of Accumulation:
    • Use this pattern: 1/12/123/1234;
  • Assemble 4 phrases as using the Musical Compositional Form of Accumulation:
    • Use this pattern: 4/43/432/4321;
  • Assemble using this pattern:
    • 1/12/123/1234/4/43/432/4321.

Thursday 27 February
Manipulating Source Material
Keeping the accumulation structure we used on Monday, manipulate each section using a different device with each phrase using:

  • transformation;
  • embellishment;
  • isolation;
  • repetition.

You may also return to:

  • retrograde;
  • diminution;
  • augmentation.

Monday 3 March

  • Assemble all of your phrases for your 4 line Rhythm Verse with seamless transitions;
  • Review for memory of all Word phrasework you learned from each other Monday 24 Feb;
  • Review of the 4 other Word phrases that you have created that are not in your 4 line Rhythm verse.

For the group "word" choreography, manipulate material using:

  • Lag;
  • Silence;
  • Delay;
  • Echo.

Be prepared to perform on Monday night during interactive session with Idaho.

Thursday 6 March
Compositional Devices: Poetic Devices
Click on the link Poetic Devices above and review the many structures that are available as resources for creating/manipulating material. Today we will be working with: pruning, erasure, and alliteration.

Lab: Manipulating source material:

  1. For source material, choose a phrase that you have been working on from your choreography/composition project. This will be your primary phrase-A1.
  2. Prune A1. This will be A2.
  3. Using either A1 or A2, manipulate the phrase using the technique of erasure. This will be A3.
  4. Using either A1 or A2 or A3, manipulate the phrase using alliteration. This wil be A4.
  5. Perform all four phrases with seamless transitions.

Monday 10 March
Lab: Viewing student compositions/works in progress. For the next couple of weeks, we will be viewing student works in progress.

Thursday 13 March
Lab: Viewing student compositions/works in progress. For the next couple of weeks, we will be viewing student works in progress.

Monday 17 March
Lab: Viewing student compositions/works in progress. For the next couple of weeks, we will be viewing student works in progress.

Thursday 20 March
Lab: Viewing student compositions/works in progress. For the next couple of weeks, we will be viewing student works in progress.