SPhotos thanks to John William
The score I created is based on research around glaciers arising out of my residency at Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I engaged in discussions with researchers and scientists regarding the physics, hydrology, chemistry, ecology, and anthropology of glaciers; considering the agency of glaciers and solastalgia as a framework for what a “visual language “of glaciers could be like, and how that could be interpreted as sound.
I am experimenting with a score that can be “read “in more than one dimension, referencing the physical structure of glaciers, without utilizing conventional musical or sound notation. The score takes the form of a structured improvisation, as free improvisation with that many musicians and given time restraints would be unworkable.
Opportunities to experiment with symphony orchestras are rare – especially regarding public presentations - due to the costs and logistics involved. And such opportunities for non-musician visual artists, even more so. It requires a great willingness on the part of both the conductor and the musicians to conceptualize “outside the box”. While other orchestras have performed structured improvisations, it is an unusual form of score to hear performed by a symphony orchestra.
Between the Song and the Silence : Graphic Score Installation views
Photos Rita Taylor, the Banff Centre