Simon Belshaw's Music Machine compositions (conceptually fascinating AND sonically beautiful)."
This project will create two new versions of pieces by Simon Belshaw with the audio being contributed following an open call out. These sound files will be edited, assembled and mixed into finished pieces. Once both recordings have been mastered they will be released both digitally and physically. There will be two physical versions, one will be a stereo audio cd and the other will have a 4 channel surround sound dvd as well. These will be limited to 100 audio discs and 50 dual disc sets.
Music Machine 41 will use sounds of various lengths from as many people as possible. Details about the piece can be found here.
As with the majority of Music Machines this one will be different every time it is played. The final recording will be a record of one instance of the machine. Any sound will be accepted for this, it may be a sustained note on an acoustic instrument or an electronic one. It may be a field recording, someone breathing, a bird singing, the waves on a beach. It can be made by an ensemble, a choir, string quartet or brass band. All sounds are welcome and all will be incorporated into the final work. You do not need to have any musical knowledge or experience to contribute. More details of how to contribute will be released once the funding has been secured but you are welcome to send an expression of interest now. You don't have to donate to the project to submit your sounds.
"Wonderful sense of patience and harmonies rubbing together"
Music Machine 4 is a piece that uses a number of different length cells of music, the shortest being one note and the longest sixteen notes. This piece can be viewed on the video at the top of this page and you can play your own version by following this link. For this piece I would like eight pianists to contribute. The cells are not difficult and a player of any grade should be able to manage them. They must be rhythmically accurate and the piano should be tuned to concert pitch. Acoustic or electric pianos are both acceptable. Once these recordings have be submitted the editing and mastering process will start in the same way as for Music Machine 41.
Further information about Simon Belshaw's work can be found on his webpage
Other examples of his work include:
Please get in touch with any questions you may have. When the funding target is reached there will be an open call for people to submit their sound files.
"Music Machine 34 - a delicate trio whose fragility is emphasised by the slow expansion of its periods of silence: Morton Feldman enters the digital age."