50:50 Live Online - The Blank Canvas Groups

50:50 Live Online projects `The Blank Canvas Groups
Summary, a short version:

The Blank Canvas Groups that are `ilive online` are collaborative projects for improvisers at a distance from each other exploring the nature and practice of free improvisation using System 50:50 (info).

The term `50:50 live online` is used to differentiate this project with another System 50:50 Online projects which are based on file sharing and not `live` called `sound on sound`

The process involves playing, improvising in real time in the web application Zoom.
Zoom is a virtual-host venue, it is online, the event and its content is supported and framed by the web application Zoom.
The target number for the sessions is 8 musicians but the numbers may vary from 4 up to 12.

The concert format for a 50:50 Live Online session using the The Blank Canvas Octet as an example, may look this

Number of improvisers, 12
Number of pieces played is 3 that are of a fixed duration.
Number of improvisers in each piece, is 8
The improvisers participate in two pieces
The improvisers are members of an audience for one piece
Duration of each piece is to be decided, here is a suggestion: Duration 15 minutes, Freeplay 6 minutes, Tacet 9 minutes.
A fourth piece is added to the three above. Everyone plays in the fourth and last piece

This project is open to improvisers who

  • Never played with the Octet before,
  • Never played `System 50:50` before`
  • The Octet seeks musicians with an experience of playing free improvisation that is more than the attendance of workshops or private rehearsals and alternatively have performed in concerts of free improvisation in the public domain on a regular basis over a significant amount of time. If you do not meet this criteria you can still ask to join.

History and development: At the time of writing (Feb 2021) the octet has met every week since May 6th 2020. The current members is 13. The average attendance is 10. Retainment is high, the drop out is low. Feedback very positive.

This project is open to improvisers who

  • Never played with the Sepet before,
  • Never played `System 50:50` before`
  • The Septet has an open door policy for recruitment and participation.
  • It currently meets on a Monday
  • geography. The Septet's theorectical `land base` is Manchester.
  • Web Link- to follow

This project is open to improvisers who

  • First, this project is to be launched September 2021`
  • Criteria for participation: not decided.
  • Unique aim
    • To explore to subject of gender balance in groups who performn free improvisation in music.
    • To explore how the tools that are `system 50:50 and zoom.us can make a difference.
  • Web link to the Half the sky orchestra is to follow

This project is open to improvisers who

  • Never played with the Grwp Cynfas Gwag before,
  • Never played `System 50:50` before`
  • The Grwp Cynfas Gwag has an open door policy for recruitment and participation.
  • All participants need to be available to play in Wales at a future date, but need not live there.
  • It currently meets on a Monday
  • geography. The Septet's theorectical `land base` is Wales.
  • Web Link- to follow

 

The above is a short summary, there is a long version, a document that is a full & detailed review,

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For more information and detail click the `google drive` image to view the documentation for these projects
This document is the source and is updated with the addition of new thinking.
It uses the Blank Canvas octet as a template. Most of this document, will apply to most Blank Canvas Groups.

 

 

 

 

At the foot of this article there is a link to a pdf version of the google drive document.  Tis is currently not available, Alternative , click the document link above.

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