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.
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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