Graphic Score #1

As a musician with an interest in contemporary classical music, the graphic score is a familiar concept, developed in the mid 20th Century as a way of communicating a ‘visceral’ sense of the composer’s intentions without needing impossibly complex notation. This is the first in a series of paper collage pieces exploring muscial graphic scores, from a purely (or at least largely) visual point of view.

In practice, many graphic scores obey some implicit rules: they tend to have a sense of a horizontal time axis and vertical pitch axis, and heavy black marks tend to imply a more forceful dynamic than soft, diffuse ones.

Acrylic, Indian Ink, collage on Arches paper. Framed.

Image size 76 x 36 cm. 2021

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