We teamed up with Homeroom and Spudnik Press for their third Ten x Ten project partnering musicians with visual artists to create collaborative multi-media works. This time ten ACM composer members will partner with ten printmakers to jointly create the pieces.
The music, written for ACM’s Palomar ensemble, was recorded in August of 2013 and released in November on a vinyl LP which will also contain a booklet with the corresponding prints.
The release party in November featured displays of the art works and live performance of all ten pieces. This took place at the Ukranian Institute for Modern Art and was completely sold out.
Here’s what some of our collaborators had to say about the project:
Tim Corpus (composer):
I chose to be part of the Ten x Ten project because of the collaborative criteria. Artist Aaron Maurer and I were paired up and had a chance to meet and discuss our ideas. Aaron and I spent time getting to know each other’s art and style and realized that we shared a lot of favorites in music and film. Since we had so much in common, I found it easy to take a departure from my normal style of composition. In order to establish consistency between the different groups, we were divided into cold and warm instrumentation. My instrumentation is for Alto Flute/Flute, B-flat Clarinet, Piano and Percussion. After a lot of discussion Aaron and I decided on the topic of revitalization and rebirth.
Once we decided on a topic, I started brainstorming musical motifs and ideas. I selected specific percussion instruments such as the triangle, tam-tam and cymbals for their “shimmery” quality. I decided to compose in a more impressionist style for this piece using drawn out space, whole-tone scales and very wide ranges. After many drafts and changes in the work, I have arrived with a very different piece than I started. Through the Ten x Ten project I have had the opportunity to depart from my usual style and try new and different things.
Craig Hansen (artist):
The collaboration thus far between myself and Elizabeth Start has been balanced, with equal participation from both parties. With the composers needing to have their work done considerably earlier than the visual artists we were concerned that it might become one sided. Elizabeth would make a piece of music and then over the summer I would create an appropriate art piece. But this didn’t seem like a collaboration technically, so we discussed options.
After we discussed some perceptual elements we both find interesting, Elizabeth made a weekly schedule and we have stuck to it. She created the first 20 seconds of music and I made some imagery based on my initial impressions and overall feeling. She then used that as a jumping off point for the next bit of composing. This is the way we plan to continue until the work is completed. It has been very interesting to see where this technique leads us both.
Jude Matthews (composer):
I admit that before I began work on Ten X Ten, I found the idea of co-creating in two quite disparate media–one temporal, the other not–difficult to conceive of. Over the course of working with my partner, I slowly but surely began freeing myself of this limitation. Jo Dery, and I have had several effective conversations as we each pondered our responsibility to the project. We continue to refine the nature of what we’d like to express, beginning with our agreed upon concept and moving on to imagery we might both use in manifesting our piece. The process of developing a solid theoretical base has turned out to be most useful—and enjoyable as well, especially when sitting in a frozen custard shop. We will continue to dialog and share sights and sounds with each other as often as possible.
Jo Dery (artist):
It’s been fun to discuss the thematic concerns with my creative collaborator, Jude — from the structure of the musical composition to the formal qualities of the print. We have discussed themes that interest us: the healing power of vibrations, abstraction and repetition, and dynamic structures — but now is the moment to begin to create and see what comes of our experimentation. I am so grateful for the Ten x Ten project because, as an interdisciplinary thinker, I draw a lot of inspiration from talking with artists across other disciplines, sharing our common methods as well as our differing approaches. It’s been fun to strategize with Jude about how we can approach this project as one multi-disciplinary piece; truly collaborative.