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"Instructions for Breath 1"

Breathe in through your nose,

Spend some time with your chest.

 

As you exhale,

Feel your exhaled breath with the thumb and index finger of your right hand.

 

Shape your breath,

With intention.

 

What shape are you sculpting?

End.

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“Self Composure #3 (Pinning An Ear To Itself)”

(This piece is to be performed to a live audience, or performed via a recording)

 

Find yourself in a comfortable seating position.

Locate your breath. Is it in your nostrils? Is it in your throat? Is it in your chest? Or is it in your belly?

Take a few moments to breathe, locating your breath.

Let any tensions within your body go, relaxing into your position.

Allow your face to relax, dropping your facial features and alleviating any unnecessary tension.

Allow your neck to relax, your head will be supported.

Allow for your shoulders to relax, letting them hang easy.

Allow your breathing to be easy, gently raising your relaxed chest.

Allow for your pelvic region to become relaxed, fully supported by your seated position.

Allow your legs to become relaxed.

Now.

Imagine my brain.

Imagine that I am sending an impulse to my larynx.

Imagine that I am pushing air from my chest, upwards to my throat.

Imagine this air meets my vocal chords.

Imagine I form each syllable with my mouth.

Imagine I combine my breath, my vocal chords and symbolic intentions.

Imagine sound waves leaving my mouth.

Imagine sound waves propagating through space.

Imagine each particle passing along wave information.

Imagine the space between us.

(Silence)

Shift your attention to one of your two ears.

Focus on your ear.

Imagine time slows to a crawl.

(Silence)

Imagine as my voice reaches the very tip of your external ear.

Imagine as the sound slowly bounces and reflects around the external cavern of your ear.

Imagine as the vibrations slowly make their way into your ear canal.

Imagine these vibrations bouncing, ever so slowly, down your ear canal.

Imagine a slight tapping on your eardrum.

Imagine your eardrum activating your ossicular chain.

(Silence)

Imagine these vibrations moving through your ossicular chain, entering your inner ear.

Imagine the microscopic hairs of your cochlea receiving these vibrations.

Imagine these vibrations being transformed into electrical signals.

Imagine these electrical signals traveling along your auditory cortex.

Imagine that you are storing these vibrations in your brain.

Imagine that you are storing this memory.

Imagine that you are remembering your own memory.

Imagine that you are reacting to this sound, with your own personal narrative.

Imagine that this whole shared experience is unique to you.

(Silence).

End.

 

 

 

 

"ALPHA”

Metronome → Larghetto/ 60 BPM.

26 performers/ alternative 13 (with two lines)

Each performer is given a line (or two).

Each performer pronounces each letter, sequentially and in beat with all other performers.

Once through, flip composition 90 degrees, begin again:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A

C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B

D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A V C

E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D

F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E

G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F

H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G

I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H

J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I

K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J

L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K

M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L

N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M

O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N

P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O

Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P

R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q

S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R

T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S

U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T

V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U

W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V

X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W

Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X

 

End.

 

 

 

 

“Intrusions” 

(This piece is to be read aloud to an audience)

 

Do not imagine a tone.

Do not imagine a tone.

Do not imagine a tone.

Do not imagine an additional tone.

Do not ask whether or not these two tones are harmonic or dissonant.

Do not imagine these two tones together.

Do not imagine one of the two tones panning to your left ear.

Do not imagine the other tone panning to your right ear.

Do not ask whether or not these two tones are harmonic or dissonant.

Do not imagine these two tones together.



 

Do not imagine a third tone.

Do not imagine this third falling directly in the center of your head.

Do not ask whether or not the three tones are harmonic or dissonant.

 

Do not imagine a fourth tone.

Do not imagine this fourth tone to swirl around your head.

Do not ask whether or not this fourth tone is harmonic or dissonant

with the rest of the tones, that you are not imagining.

 

Do not imagine a fifth and sixth tone.

Do not imagine this fifth tone joining your right ear.

Do not imagine this sixth tone joining your left ear.

Do not ask whether or not these tones are harmonic or dissonant

With one another,

Or with the rest of the tones, that you are not imagining.

 

Do not imagine all of these tones in a fluctuating drone.

Do not ask whether or not these tones are harmonic or dissonant.

Do not wonder about the rhythm of tones,

That you are not imagining.

 

Do not imagine a seventh tone joining the middle of your head.

Do not ask whether or not is harmonic or dissonant.

 

Do not imagine an eighth tone.

Do not imagine that it is not in your head,

But in front of you.

 

(Softly play a tone of your choosing into the audience)

 

End.

 

 

 

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“Conversation Piece”

This game/score is meant for two or more persons.

Rules:

Each person predesignates a word and writes it on a piece of paper.

The goal of each person is to make the other person say their pre-selected word through a seemingly casual conversation.

One person begins and makes a conversational statement towards the other person(s) and thus the conversation begins.

Questions are not permitted.

Both words must be proper objects.

Each player cannot say their own word.

The game is won by a player once their pre-selected word has been said out loud.

 

The composition itself is the odd nature of connecting each word without transparency regarding the pre-selected words and flexibility of human conversation. Each player will have their own personal style, naturally. Each conversation and or composition will vary, according to each person’s personal history or ego narrative. Some players are prone to be more verbally dominant, whereas other may be more flexible, yet coy.

 

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