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Darmstadt commissions

1000 Scores. Pieces for Here, Now & Later is an online performance space that presents new scores and instructional pieces to be performed by one person. The project was initiated in spring 2020 by Helgard Haug, David Helbich and Cornelius Puschke, at a time when physical distance became daily practice, meetings were limited and theaters, galleries and concert halls had to shut their doors. The private environment turned into the place of action and interaction. Co-commissioned by several partner institutions, the scores on the platform are meant to keep creating performances by making the audience become the protagonist of pieces that are written for them.

These four scores by Ryoko Akama, Annesley Black, Neo Hülcker and Samson Young were commissioned by Darmstädter Ferienkurse and 1000 Scores. Pieces for Here, Now & Later. Another commission by Peter Ablinger will be published in February!

Annesley Black: TOO BIG TO FAIL (TBTF)

TOO BIG TO FAIL (TBTF) are certain corporations and institutions that have been defined by their government as systematically important: “(…) so large and so interconnected that their failure would be disastrous to the greater economic system.” (Wikipedia contributors, “Too big to fail”, Wikipedia, accessed January 6, 2021). Canadian composer Annesley Black, residing in Frankfurt am Main, asks us to play back the video and at the same time practice an activity that has been deemed non system-relevant during the Covid-19 crisis (or other crises) and to interact with her video word game.

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Neo Hülcker: MUTE

Sit on the floor and put your headphones on but don’t connect them to any device.
Sit there for a while and listen to the muted sounds.

Touch the headphones with your fingers, stroke them,
move your fingers along the bridge that connects the ear parts.
Slow movements, careful and gentle.
Listen to the touch.

Berlin based composer Neo Hülcker created instructions for a deep listening experience with pillows, disconnected headphones and your imagination.

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Samson Young: Two part invention for solo viewer on any two instruments

Hong Kong based artist and composer Samson Young created a beautiful animated score, a two part composition for a single viewer on two imaginary instruments. The imaginary instruments are in the viewer’s mind only. They can be any two instruments, musical or even non-musical, as long as they are not the same. Each halve of the video score represents one of the two musical instruments. View in a quiet environment.

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Ryoko Akama: music of every day’s score

Korean-Japanese artist Ryoko Akama is working with installation, performance and composition, residing in Huddersfield. In her “music for every day’s score” she asks us to think of five sounds that can be easily remembered and performed. “Assign each of them a number – 1,2,3,4 and 5. At the end of a day, recap what’s happened and how you feel overall, then give a score of 1,2,3,4 or 5. Perform the sound pre-assigned. It’s duration and dynamics are of your choice in the moment…”

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