3-split

Share the spectrum and find creative ways for swapping it's areas.

Improv game
Improv game
Photo by Isabelle Adam (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Set up

Music for this game might be performed by many people, but there will be three players who will interact by the rules.

First, in coherence with the possibilities of players' instruments, agree on an aspect of music over which you will play. Quite natural (and already tested in practice) examples would be pitch and rhythm. Whatever aspect you choose, you need players to be able to clearly mark states of a chosen aspect. If you play over pitch, players will obviously have to have pitched instruments, but probably also non-minimum range. Additional music might in this case be provided by some percussion, whereas in rhythm game, percussive players might be accompanied by long tones of strings or synths etc.

Make sure that players will be able to clearly hear each other - you can always let only them play this game and it's probably best to do just that for your first try of a certain aspect.

Now define three distinguished states of the chosen aspect. For example if your aspect is pitch, you will most probably go for high, middle and low ranges; with rhythm you might settle for meters of 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4.

Gameplay instructions

The aim for players is to have each one of them in different state at any given time and also to not stay individually in one state for too long. When you play, you should listen carefully to other players and recognize in what states they are, fill the empty state-spot when necessary and keep everything musical and coherent.

Game end

Any player can end the piece when he or she stops playing. You will need to come up with different ending if you decide to play for example over aspects of notes density or volume (as scarse notes or silence might be mistook for a signal to finish the game).

Gamemasters's notes

This free-form can range from natural and obvious musical activity to weird and hard adventure, so it's not easy to set for one difficulty level for it.

It is related to "Sitting, Standing, Laying" game from Improvisational theatre.

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