50:50 Online Sound-on-sound preparation tracks

Preparation files for 50:50 Online sound on sound projects, An introduction

preparation tracks are files that can be used by improvisers as part of the `warm up` process in advance of a realt-ime ensemble session. The improviser improvises in system 50:50 mode whilst listening to the shared preparation track. During this preparation phase sound levels can be explored, and we hopefully discover any bugs in the set up. Obviously It is useful to find the bugs in the system in the preparation phase and not during the real action.

The plan is that the website will host a large number of preparation tracks exploring the three aspects of 50:50 -, the duration of the piece,the number of players and the ratio of tacet to free play.

The sound density of the preparation tracks will usually be thin, allowing space for the participating improvisers to engage through listening and playing. The use of the clock settings simplifies how this can be done.

Improvisers could use the preparation tracks as pieces to practice against, though this is a counter-intuitive suggestion for a genre embedded in the here and now! The improviser could practice with or without the clocks (obviously). This is to be researched. If there is positive feedback on this use of preparation tracks, the implications are important, as they could be used to build confidence, explore creativity, encourage experimentation, enable the development of playing techniques. Who knows.

Add your track to this list: Improvisers can add recordings of their own playing to this `System 50:50 preparation track listing`. You will need a clock/timing devise. The settings are: duration 6 minutes, free play 4` 30`` - tacet 1` 30`` please forward the audio files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Optional extras are, 5 seconds count in, an audio spike, 30 second silent header. The options are not compulsory for preparation files.

All of the following preparation tracks can be downloaded to your local machine by using the `right-click` facility on a mouse and selecting `save audio as` option.

Martin Hackett Korg MS, Duration : 6 minutes, Free play : 4` 30`` Tacet : 1` 30`` , nickname MHAC_Test001

Nick Branton, Reeds Duration : 6 minutes, Free play : 4` 30`` Tacet : 1` 30`` | Spike-Yes, plus 30 second silent header. nickname NBRA_test001

Nick Branton, Reeds Duration : 6 minutes, Free play : 4` 30`` Tacet : 1` 30`` | Spike-Yes, plus 30 second silent header. nickname NBRA_test002

Nick Branton, Reeds Duration : 6 minutes, Free play : 4` 30`` Tacet : 1` 30`` | Spike-Yes, plus 30 second silent header. nickname NBRA_test003

 

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  • Comment Link Phil Morton Tuesday, 12 May 2020 12:36 posted by Phil Morton

    Mr Morton finds this to be a productive and promising exercise but then the motive fallacy point of view would say: well you would say that. From the shy me playing my double bass for the first time in three years to Nicks's bass clarinet to acoustic guitar to MH Korg it was both fun and engaging. I speculate I would not have those reactions if they were playing 6 minutes straight out of the box improv: for starters I would not event try to with the double bass. The non-linear, episodes in system 50;50 support a weak double bass player like me: I know the following, duration is 6 minutes, I only have to play for 4` 30`. There is no dominant voice because Nick (or MH) are following the same discipline. Or there is a dominant voice but it is mobile, from one to the other. Maybe it is aone off, and the positive will fade with time: i think not.

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