50-50 live online its the Blank Canvas Octet December 2021


50:50 Online project present The Blank Canvas Octet Live on Zoom weekly during December 2021


50:50 online is a `telematic` project, that is it is a live streamed event via the internet. The current platform is zoom.us.
The ensemble employs system 50:50 to deliver music that is related to the genre:  `free improvisation in music `

There is a schedule for weekly events during December 2021, the day of the week is wednesday, the times are: `Doors open` 19.00 UTC session starts 19.30 UTC
and here are the dates.

  • 01.12.2021
  • 08.12.2021
  • 15.12.2021
  • 22.12.2021
  • 29.12.2021

The regular sessions are for participants and project associates and three audicence members.
A series of Octets will be made from the set list. For example, were there to be twelve improvisers on the set list, four would sit out one set as a member of the audience and there would be three sets of improvised music. Everyone will play, but not necessarily in every set.

This project is rewarding and a success. It allow improvisers from around the country to meet. play together on a weekly basis.
Feel the potential!

The Blank Canvas Octet is a project exploring free ensemble improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. It uses the ‘system 50:50` - where chess clocks are used to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. An exciting project to participate in, to witness and to hear.

Charlie Collins, improviser, Sheffield wrote on system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” -

Another point of listening comes from Simon Ross, Macclesfield. `System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos, virtuosity, and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive, coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive and more cooperative. Ends well.`

The Blank Canvas Octet during December 2021 will feature the following, more or less:

CLAYTON JACKSON, electronics and objects, Silverdale
GARFIELD SOUTHALL, guitar, Chester
GEOFF BRIGHT, reeds, Sheffield
GILL WHITELEY, strings, Sheffield : website
LYN HODNETT, voice, Wales & other
SABINE KUSMAUL, guitar, Macclesfield
PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments, Liverpool : info
PAUL MEDLEY. clarinet, Oxford
CHRIS PARFITT, misc, Bridgend, Wales

Audience & ghosts

lapsed members; DAN GOREN, trumpet, Chipping Norton, Nick Branton, reeds, Liverpool.

Free tickets and information for audience members

Interested in just listening in, being a member of an audience?
Tickets for audience members and ghostsare available here at Eventbrite: Click here
Or let us know by sending an email to: philmorton at improvisersnetwork.co.uk

Information: how an improviser, musician can participate as a `Ghost`

The short story is.
If `free ensemble improvisation` is new to you or you may wish to engage discreetly with the Blank Canvas Octet you can be a `ghost`
A ghost participates in the session discreetly by muting their input to the session.
A ghost can interact with the live feed from the Blank Canvas Octet in their own space but not fill the sound field of the zoom performance.

Phil Morton writes, this an excellent opportunity yet to be tested for musicians who wish to explore improvisation whose histories and experience of free ensemble improvisation is thin, who are yet to acquire a composure in a free ensemble improvisation sound world environment. It can be experienced as a development process that can be added to or replace the practice of attending workshops. It is available weekly. The player can learn by `doing` . The availability of attendance is regular, frequent, it is weekly.

Alternatively: if the session is `full` an improvisers may attend: as a `ghost` or audience member as an alternative to the dissapointment of not attending.
System 50:50 is a simple process but sometimes simplicity maybe a challenge. Ghosting introduces all improvisers to system 50;50 in a safe environment. You can test and try system 50:50.

Tickets for audience members and ghosts

are available here at Eventbrite: Click here

Event information for active participants:

Weekly on a Wednesday during May 2021 and for the forseeable future.

"Doors" 19.00 BST
Sound check 19.10 - 19.30 BST
Concert starts 19.30 BST duration 40 minutes maximum

An online participatory event hosted by the web application ZOOM,us

Interested? Register here

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The Blank Canvas octet
The nature and practice of free ensemble improvisation using System
Duration 6 minutes
Tacet 3 minutes
Free play 3 minutes
12 players

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