Thursday, October 6, 2016

a-maze of music Jude Wiermeir Issue 72

A few years ago I was part of a charity that worked with young people and teachers to reflect on and engage with growing and art. One of my wonderful colleagues was a green-fingered permaculture specialist who knew a lot about mazes.  We discovered a school in the Midlands that has its own labyrinth that they use to 'graduate' the students, and went to visit it.  Mazes and labyrinths are thinking spaces for me.  One of our collaborations was with the Royal Institution and we played pots of plants which we arranged on a stave.  'We' was not me.  I just helped to encourage the others to do these things. We had the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the collaboration and they read the pot music and played energetic pieces in response. An environment can be the catlyst for exciting music!

I suspect Jude's Maze Music is equally revealing. I wonder if he imagines carrying an instrument or simply singing as we walk. Would everyone have the same tune to sing or would there be rounds, or squares?  I am also curious whether the sound would change as you went around a corner.  I guess Jude's view is looking down on the notes.  For diminuendo would you bend low and stand tall to make a louder sound? I wonder about the colour too. Is this a comment on musical colour?  So provocative!  Thank you.

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