Entitled Piece

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One of the least restrictive activities that you might find on this wiki and the to be called "meta-" as new games may appear here spontaneously.

Preparation

Having a random book at hand might be useful. And (depending on a variant) paper and utensils to write suggestions.

Setup

Choose a game leader who will run current take at the game (by volunteering or randomization).

Gameplay instructions

Main player's task is to invent a piece with a given title. Title can be provided by the audience (more fun) or selected from a randomly opened book (less silliness) or otherwise. The leader chooses players and instruments for the performance of his/her tune.

Gamemaster's notes

You can have whole meetings dedicated to playing only this one game repeatedly. At meetings with many different games it's a good idea to provide a person with a title just before a break and later play the results of his/her efforts as a first piece after the break.

The most important thing for the leader to specify is how the piece should end. Without that in mind results of this game tend to be quite long and often monotonous (unintendedly). Sometimes pieces themselves take a form of a game and the idea might be worth further development.

Variants

At Lub/Lab jams in Warsaw, every person wrote a proposed title on a card when entering a venue and put it in a jar. Title was to be connected to the main general theme of that day's meeting. Leader was given a random card, and the agreement was that everyone might be asked to participate in the performance. After the invented piece was played, people that didn't play were trying to guess the title.

Here is an example of a piece called "Puberty" from the meeting under the theme "Turning point".


Mark for clarification

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