Dry Mountain Orchestra plays Christian Wolff – Concert – Kinoteatr Zdrowie (Główna 36, Sokołowsko)
Dry Mountain Orchestra – experimental classical music 20.08.2017, including instructions from „Edges”, „Stones” and „Sticks” by Christian Wolff.
Dry Mountain Orchestra is a continuation of a project by Keith Rowe and Gerard Lebok, conceived as a part of ‘The End of the Recordings’ curated by Michał Libera and Daniel Muzyczuk for the 3r edition of the Sanatorium of Sound Festival. This time, the orchestra consisting of the festival’s participants will perform a new interpretation of pieces by Chrstian Wolff: Edges (1968), Stones (1968-1971) and will be an attempt to prove that there is no such thing as new music.
Each player should have a copy of the score. There can be any number of players. The signs on the score are not primarily what a player plays. They mark out a space or spaces, indicate points, surfaces, routes or limits. A player should play in relation to, in, and around the space thus partly marked out. He can move about in it variously (e.g. in a sequence, or jumping from one point to another), but does not always have to be moving, nor does he have to go everywhere. Insofar as the signs are limits, they can be reached but should not be exploited. The way to a limit need not be continuous, in a straight line. The limits, or points, can be taken at different distances-for example, far away, like a horizon, or close, like a tree with branches overhead-but decide where at any given moment you are. You can also use the signs as cues: wait till you notice one and then respond. Or you can simply play a sign as it is, but only once in a performance.
Make sounds with stones, draw sounds out of stones, using a number of sizes and kinds (and colours); 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 anything. – Christian Wolff
Make sounds with sticks of various kinds, one stick alone, several together, on other instruments, sustained as well as short. Don€™t mutilate trees or shrubbery; don€™t break anything other than the sticks; avoid outright fires unless they serve a practical purpose.
You can begin when you have not heard a sound from a stick for a while; two or three can begin together. You may end when your sticks or one of them are broken small enough that a handful of the pieces in your hands cupped over each other are not, if shaken and unamplified, audible beyond your immediate vicinity. Or hum continuously on a low note; having started proceed with other sounds simultaneously (but not necessarily continuously); when you can hum no longer, continue with other sounds, then stop. With several players either only one should do this or two or two pairs together (on different notes) and any number individually.
You can also do without sticks but play the sounds and feelings you imagine a performance with sticks would have. -Christian Wolff