Stones

More than instrument preparation. Not many rules, but an idea: have fun with stones.

Stones
Stones
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Make sounds with stones, draw sounds out of stones, using a number of sizes and kinds (and colors); for the most part discretely; sometimes in rapid sequences. For the most part striking stones with stones, but also stones on other surfaces (inside the open head of a drum, for instance) or other than struck (bowed, for instance, or amplified). Do not break anything.

Composer/Designer

Christian Wolff

Editor's note

The ruleset above is a quote from Prose Collection (1968) by Christian Wolff, who is considered to be a pioneer of game pieces as a form of composition. In the collection, games are diverse, some are based on word sounds, some are algorithmic and other. It's in store at Frog Peak Music Collective (reproduced with permission).

In the usual way of music games, you can inspire yourself by rules in Stones, although in case of planning a public performance of this exact piece, consult appropriate laws/rules/regulations (of your country).

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