I am relatively new here, so here’s my first big post. I need your wisdom. Based on my experiences in the art+music improv scene, I came up with an idea to create an afternoon of improv modular synth fun (and found a great venue to host it):
STRUCTURED MODULAR SYNTH IMPROVISATION
- Gather 12 people with modular synths.
- Put names on papers, put in hat. Draw 6 duos for the first round, draw 4 trios for the second round.
- Announce the 6 duos, if desired let each duo prepare their clock sync.
- FIRST ROUND: allow the 6 duos to perform an improvisation of 10 minutes each. Allowing a 10 min break between duo 3 and 4.
- Announce the trios, if desired let each trio prepare their clock sync.
- SECOND ROUND: allow the 4 trios to perform an improvisation of 10 minutes each. Allowing a 10 min break between trio 2 and 3.
- Prepare for a mass modular improv orchestra. If desired let participants prepare their clock sync.
- GRAND FINALE: allow all participants to perform a mass modular improvisation of 15 minutes.
- Have a beer to celebrate.
- Gather 4 to 12 participants. If as little as 4 people participate, one can give participants more than one slot per round. I set 12 as the maximum, trying to find a nice balance between ‘listening’ and ‘participating’ for everyone.
- The main instrument should be a modular synth, or at the very least a semi-modular synth. Peripherals and other instruments are allowed, but should only be used to accompany the (semi-)modular synth. Come as you are…patched…unpatched. Whatever works for you.
- Setup all the modular synths in the room in relative close proximity to each other.
- About the draw: put each name of the participants on a separate paper, fold it and drop it into a hat. The host will first draw 6 duos for the first round, then draw 4 trios for the second round.
- Observe silence in the audience during the performances.
- Record audio and video of all performances
- Make sure the beer is of a decent quality
I had some ideas to maybe use a throw of the dice to determine the clock tempo/bpm and to determine the key/root note. But maybe I am creating too complex a structure and should leave these things for the participants to decide?
Please give me your feedback and feel free to share your ideas on how to make this a great experience for the participating artists as well as for the audience. Thanks in advance for your help. Very much appreciated!
Kind regards from The Netherlands