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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.

“Thought Pieces”

(1-28)

Think this

You have one goal

That you know 

Will be reached 

During your short stay

On this planet.

What is this goal? 

Think this:

You are going 

To die

In the next hour.

What do you with

This hour?

Who do you 

Reach out to?

Who do you

Make amends to?

Who do you 

Confess your undying love to?


Think this:

What if every image you ever saw was a lie?

Every photo and video clip

A cropped exaggeration of the universal truth.

Can you think of a real life example?


Think this:

You

As you are 

Right now

In this moment

Are enough.

Do you believe it?

Think this:

Do you believe 

Everything

You think?


Think this:

You may hug

And love

One person

In the history

Of the world.

Who do you choose?


Think this:

If you could give

One thing

Physical or abstract

To every 

Single person

On the planet.

What would it be?


Think this:

You were born yesterday.


Think this

You knew everything

and still forgot.


Think this:

You

Were once 

A child

The epitome 

Of endless possibilities

Unshaped

Unscathed 

By society and its discontents.

What made you happy then?

What happened? 


Think this:

Who

Do 

You

Think

You

Are? 


Think this:

(null)

Think this:

You

And

Every

One

Else.


Think this:

The back of your head.


Think this:

The bottom of your feet.


Think this:

Behind your ears.


Think this:

What if 

You were

The sum

Of all

Thoughts

You have

Ever 

Thought?


Think this:

What if

Your mind

And 

Your brain

Were two

Different

Things?


Think this:

A raindrop

Falling

All the way

From a cloud

6,500ft

In the air



Drops

All the way

Down

To your head.

What do you think about that?


Think this:

You entering

The space

In which you 

Are right now

Only

To see yourself

Reading this.


Think this:

Go!


Think this:

That feeling

Of intense

Shame

Guilt

Inadequacy

Superficiality

Jealousy

Envy

Resentment

Fear;

Everyone 

On this

Planet

Suffers

From it. 


Think this:

In 

100 years

The meaning 

Of these words

Will have changed.


Think this:

Can't

Means

Won't.


Think this:

"Should"

Is an abstractly nice 

Way of saying

"I wish you could,

I wish you would-

I think it might

Bring you joy."


Think this:

Sometimes

We worship

Liars.


Think this:

Do I crave

The respect

Of those

Who don't

Respect themselves?


Think this:

(full). 


 


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(This piece was composed for Michael David Crawford. For more information, please visit http://www.warplife.com/lwsd.html)

(This piece was composed for Michael David Crawford. For more information, please visit http://www.warplife.com/lwsd.html)


 

Score For A Fictional Songbird Named Kasper Hauser

həˈloʊ 

aɪ wɑnt tu bɪˈkʌm wʌn laɪk ˈsʌmˌbɑdi ɛls wʌz wʌns,

aɪ wɑnt tu bɪˈkʌm wʌn laɪk ˈsʌmˌbɑdi ɛls wʌz wʌns,

aɪ wɑnt tu bɪˈkʌm wʌn laɪk ˈsʌmˌbɑdi ɛls wʌz wʌns.


wʌn plʌs wʌn ˈikwəlz θri.


θri ˈmaɪnəs wʌn ˈikwəlz wʌn.

dʌz wʌn pɔɪnt faɪv plʌs wʌn pɔɪnt faɪv ˈikwəl θri?

ɔr fɔr?

dʌz θri ˈmaɪnəs wʌn pɔɪnt faɪv ˈikwəl wʌn ?

ɔr wʌn pɔɪnt faɪv?

dʌz ðə ˈsɔŋˌbɜrd noʊ ɪtˈsɛlf?

dʌz ðə ˈsɔŋˌbɜrd noʊ wʌt ə sɔŋ ɪz?


dʌz ðə ˈsɔŋˌbɜrd noʊ wʌt ə bɜrd ɪz?

aɪ wɑnt tu bɪˈkʌm wʌn laɪk noʊ ˈʌðər hæz ˈɛvər bɪn,

aɪ wɑnt tu bɪˈkʌm wʌn laɪk noʊ ˈʌðər hæz ˈɛvər bɪn,

aɪ wɑnt tu bɪˈkʌm wʌn laɪk noʊ ˈʌðər hæz ˈɛvər bɪn.

aɪ lʌv ju aɪ lʌv ju aɪ lʌv ju aɪ lʌv ju!


gʊd baɪ

(end)


(a treaty on deterministic logic)

(a treaty on deterministic logic)


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