Mutual Prescriptions series
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This series deals with music materials, parameters and dimensions and with changing them.

Set up

Collectively, choose one of the pieces [A-K, see below].

Gameplay instructions

One player indicates by hand-sign a number between 1 and 5. Everybody then plays according to the instructions belonging to that number, until someone else indicates a new number. Sections with a new indication can may follow each other fast or slow as you like.

Game end

The piece ends when there is no playing and no one takes a new initiative.

Notes

No pre-arranged sequences neither of elements nor of musicians indicating numbers. You may practise contents first if you need to

Pieces to choose from

A
1. fast changes
2. slow changes
3. no change
4. something new/different
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

B
1. very fast call-response (pointillistic – unpredictable)
2. other kinds of call-response
3. more alternating than responding
4. neglect each other
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

C
1. light timbres
2. dark timbres
3. mixed timbres
4. interweawing timbres (making a pattern together)
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

D
1. like classical music
2. like popular music
3. like experimental music
4. like electronic music
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

E
1. very long sustained tones (more than 10 seconds)
2. sustained tones of middle durations (1-3 seconds)
3. extremely short tones (under and much under 1 second; pointillistic)
4. mixed durations
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

F
1. pianissimo
2. forte
3. piano with sforzandi (=sudden strong, short accents)
4. individually making sudden changes between different or contrasting, unchanging levels ("terraces")
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

G
1. individual slow crescendi and diminuendi as well as some passages having a constant level
2. individual fast crescendi and diminuendi as well as some passages having a constant level
3. individual both slow and fast crescendi and diminuendi as well as some passages having a constant level
4. Various individual changes, both sudden and gradual (and also some passages having a constant level)
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

H
1. melodies
2. motifs
3. patterns
4. something else
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

I
1. monumentally slow
2. very fast
3. slow, gradually becoming fast (accellerando)
4. fast, gradually becoming monumentally slow (ritardando)
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

J
1. widely differing tempos
2. shared tempo (someone starts) – keep it simple!
3. shared tempo (someone starts) – make it complicated!
4. no tempo
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

K
1. Only one musician playing totally solo (The first to start - but not the one giving the sign! A new one sign = change musician)
2. Two musicians playing (those who are the first to start)
3. Three musicians playing
4. Four musicians playing
5. ad lib. (no prescription)

Composer

Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen (2009, published with the kind permission from the author)
Original score at: http://vbn.aau.dk/da/publications/composition-mutual-prescriptions-series-2009(fc60f4cb-89db-4dea-a6e9-dc5eb9783220).html

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