50:50 Online Sound-on-sound music minus one

An introduction.

 

Music minus one tracks are files that can be used by improvisers as part of their practice. They have been specially recorded by improvisers employing ‘System 50:50’, the result being a piece of music with one `voice missing` leaving space to add another voice. You are invited to test the proposition by playing alongside the recording, adding a voice in the space left for you, and using the same System 50:50 settings. You might consider recording your track and so making a virtual performance.

Examples of how this might be used:

  • as a `warm up` process in advance of a real-time online ensemble session;
  • listened to, and participated in, as a form of practice or practising;
  • taken as an opportunity to simply `play`, pass the time away and have fun :);
  • to become familiar with system 50:50;
  • to make a private recording so the player can review their playing.

The Plan

The plan is that the website will host a large number of `music minus one` 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. Knowledge of the use of the clock settings in System 50:50 simplifies how this can be done.

The case against!

While improvisers could use the music minus one to practice (or just play) against, this could be seen as against the spirit of for a genre embedded in the here and now where interaction and collaboration is a central part. Further, the genre generally assumes the music is being heard for the first time, whereas the recorded tracks could be revisited.

The case for!

Music minus one, in this instance a `sound on sound` project for free improvisers employing system 50:50 is an area to be researched. If there is positive feedback on the use of `music minus one` tracks the implications are important, as they could be used to:

  • Build confidence,
  • Explore creativity,
  • Encourage experimentation,
  • Enable the development of playing techniques.
  • Test the effect of using 50:50 or not.
  • Explore the issues of playing to music not being heard for the first time.
  • Who knows?

key words - citation to follow

System 50:50
Music minus one
First heard concept
Silent header
Spike

The tracks.

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

Music minus one currently has the following files to share.
The plan is to present duos and trios specially recorded with space left for another improviser.
The first target is to have over 24 tracks (if not 50!). COVID-19 has disrupted the progress towards this target.

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

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

Trio NBMHPM Track 1, Clarinet, Korg MS, Guitar, : Duration 6 minutes: suggested clocks times, Freeplay 4` 30`` Tacet 1` 30``.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.

Trio NBMHPM Track 2, Clarinet, Korg MS, Guitar, : Duration 6 minutes: suggested clocks times, Freeplay 4` 30`` Tacet 1` 30``.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.

Trio NBMHPM Track 3, Clarinet, Korg MS, Guitar, : Duration 6 minutes: suggested clocks times, Freeplay 4` 30`` Tacet 1` 30``.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.

Trio NBMHPM Track 4, Clarinet, Korg MS, Guitar, : Duration 6 minutes: suggested clocks times, Freeplay 4` 30`` Tacet 1` 30``.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.

Trio NBMHPM Track 5, Clarinet, Korg MS, Guitar, : Duration 6 minutes: suggested clocks times, Freeplay 4` 30`` Tacet 1` 30``.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.

Sextet: Tacet 8 minutes, Freeplay 4 minutes Duration 12 mintes.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref: Temp01


Sextet: Tacet 9 minutes, Freeplay 3 minutes Duration 12 mintes.
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref: Temp02


12 players: Tacet 5 minutes 30 seconds, freeplay 1 minute
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp10

Quartet: Tacet 3 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp11

Quartet: Tacet 3 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp12

Quartet: Tacet 4 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp13

Quartet: Tacet 4 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp14

Quartet: Tacet 3 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp15

Quartet: Tacet 3 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp16

Quartet: Tacet 4 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp17

Quartet: Tacet 4 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp18

Quartet: Tacet 3 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp19

Quartet: Tacet 3 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp20

Quartet: Tacet 4 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp21

Quartet: Tacet 4 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes
No spike, no silent header. The audio starts from the pressing play.
Track ref Temp22


Sextet: Tacet 6 minutes, freeplay 2 minutes, Duration 8 minutes
Track ref Temp23


Sextet: Tacet 9 minutes, freeplay 3 minutes, Duration 12 minutes
Track ref Temp24


Sextet: Tacet 10 minutes, freeplay 6 minutes, Duration 16 minutes
Track ref Temp25


 

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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 even 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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