01. Pushing Scores Overview

Pushing Scores

'Pushing Scores' is a two-year artistic research project, initiated by DE PLAYER and graphic designer Remco van Bladel. Throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018, this project will research the phenomenon of notation and the graphic representation of music. It will unfold through a nomadic program that includes the creation of newly commissioned artworks and public events that address contemporary questions and issues pertinent in this particular field.

Graphic scores and notation have a long history dating back to the tenth century, when the Gregorian chants of the 'scola cantorum' were already being conducted through the writing of signs in the air. Later on, this developed into the type of musical notation we are familiar with in Western music. In the early- to mid-twentieth century, the abstract developments in the visual arts played a vital role in fostering new approaches to the question of music notation and contemporary avant-garde music. This continues to question the representation of sound in media to this day. So what is the current state of the graphic score?

Throughout the project, Jacques Attalis book, 'Noise: The Political Economy of Music', will function as a reference and inspirational guide; pushing the score in search of its current potential. It will seek concepts and configurations that produce new, previously unknown, relationships in the field of sound, visual arts and performance. The discursive program for 20162017 will include lectures, presentations of newly commissioned artworks, concert evenings and workshops.

'Pushing Scores' is a project researching graphic notation, based on a desire to update this form of music and sound notation for the twenty-first century. Starting from the mottoFrom Cage to JODI and beyond’, and from the avant-garde music and sound art of the twentieth century, the project researches new audio-visual languages, media and functions of graphic notation in a contemporary context characterised by a fundamental transformation of sound culture and visual culture. A number of specific themes will be initiated, developed and presented in the context of a public research programme in collaboration with artists, designers and various cultural organisations, such as the Piet Zwart Institute, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Sonic Acts.

What are the possibilities of the graphic score, in a day and age in which graphic notation is still commonly seen as 'drawing', merely serving as some kind of sheet music? In an attempt to redefine this concept, we will be compiling a programme in which artists, musicians, theoreticians and practitioners are invited to participate. The collective goal is to develop and present new audio-visual and media-technical forms of graphic notation through artistic research and development. Based on our compilation of the most contemporary and innovative graphic notation practices in the fields of music, sound art, performance art, e-culture, new-media art, graphic design and media design, we will introduce artists and designers from various creative disciplines to a national and international audience, with the goal of collectively developing new forms of graphic notation.

The incentive for this project is the belief that graphic notation in twentieth-century avant-garde music and sound art constitutes an important, still radically innovative but wrongfully marginalised form, which can play a key role in the development of new audiovisual languages and media. Our ambition, and that of our collaborating partners, is to emancipate graphic notation from the confines of the modernist tradition, in such a way that it may remain an innovative and provocative medium for decades to come.


Events

Thu 17 Mar 2016 19:00
@ Witte de With, Rotterdam
'TUNINGDETUNING/NOTINGDENOTING' WITH YANN GOURDON, RAFAËL ROZENDAAL, FLORIS VAN HOOF, JUSTIN BENNETT, REMCO VAN BLADEL AND OTHERS

Moving back and forth between sound and scripture, this evening consists of experimental performances and short lectures, with a special focus on the visual sound renderings Charlemagne Palestine included in his exhibition 'GesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt' at Witte de With Center for Contempory Art, Rotterdam. Can a tune be translated into an image? Can the 'detuning' of music generate new ways of thinking about the relation between sound and scripture? The notation of sound has a long and varied history, from Gregorian chants conducted following signs written in the air, to the standard notation of the Western music we know today and the possibilities offered by new computer technologies. The program includes performances by Yann Gourdon and Floris van Hoof, works by Rafaël Rozendaal and a reading by Remco van Bladel. Next to this there will also be graphic works by students from the Graphic Design Department of ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem.

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Thu 09 Feb 2017 12:00Sun 12 Feb 2017 18:00
@ ART Rotterdam/Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam
'PUSHING SCORES' AT ART ROTTERDAM

For ART Rotterdam 2010 we present Experimental Jetset, Davide Mosconi, DUPAC, Moniker, Cold Void [Rafaël Rozendaal/Luuk Bouwman] and Telcosystems. DE PLAYERa production platform specialising in the relationship between sound, art, publishing and performancepresents works by artists within the frame of the project 'Pushing Scores', a project by DE PLAYER and Dutch graphic designer Remco van Bladel.

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Fri 20 Jan 2017 20:00
@ DE PLAYER, Rotterdam
'PUSHING' WITH TELCOSYSTEMS, JULIA BUENNAGEL AND DEREK HOLZER

Live event for our 'Pushing Scores' project with Telcosystems (NL), Julia Buennagel (DE) and Derek Holzer (US). Focusing on the potential of graphic scores and the publishing of sound and image, we present Telcosystems alongside their recent publication 'Resonanz', a reading from 'Schematic as a Score' and a concert by Derek Holzer and a live performance by Julia Bünnagel with modified records.

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Fri 24 Mar 2017 20:00
@ DE PLAYER, Rotterdam
TETRA GAMMA CIRCULAIRE #3 / MAT>NET>PUWITH JOHANNES BERGMARK, HIELE MARTENS, HELGA JAKOBSON AND XPUB

An evening of remarkable experiments and materialised conceptual flip-flop. DE PLAYER will unveil its third issue of Tetra Gamma Circulaire (TGC) – the unknown audio magazine. TGC#3 is compiled in collaboration with students of the Piet Zwart Institute who undertake the Experimental Publishing programme, also known as XPUB.

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Sun 15 Oct 2017 15:00
@ Pinkie Bowtie, Antwerp
TETRA GAMMA CIRCULAIRE #3 @ PINKIE BOWTIE/AN INFORMATIVE FLOPPY SESSION

Tetra Gamma Circulaire #3 (TGC#3) is now travelling as an open, floppy platform. The first stop is at Pinkie Bowtie, Antwerp, where we will introduce the entity of TGC#3 as the an unknown music magazine that it is, while pointing out its specific features by demonstrating the floppy works that already reside in the collection. By travelling with TGC#3 we aim to expand its floppy collection and to focus on experimental ways of publishing. For the Pinkie Bowtie session we invited Antwerp-based artists to contribute to the project. So far Evelin Brosi, AMVK and JODI will show up to get informed about matters of relevance and will then start to produce their floppy work for the collection from there. The meeting is open for members of the public who are interested in experimental ways of publishing or who just like to hang out amongst the ambience of artisticnouveauté’.

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Fri 12 Jan 2018 20:30
@ Paradiso, Amsterdam
'PARA-PHONIC POLY-DISO' BY REMCO VAN BLADEL

On this day the work 'Para-phonic Poly-diso' will be launched at The Small Museum of Paradiso, Amsterdam. 'Para-phonic Poly-diso' is a graphic score for a digital, polyphonic choir wherein visitors of Paradiso can participate with their mobile phone. This work, developed for The Small Museum project at Paradiso, is part of 'Pushing Scores' – a research project by DE PLAYER in connection with Remco van Bladel about the current state and potential of the 'graphical score'. The work is voiced by Laetitia Saedier of Stereolab.

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Sat 14 & Sun 15 Apr 2018
@ Corner of Maashaven Oostzijde and Brieselaan (next to Metrostation Maashaven), Rotterdam
DE PLAYER PRESENTS 'GREATEST HITS'

A solo exhibition by Matthieu Reijnoudt, curated by Willem de Haan

'Greatest Hits' is an exhibition based on twenty-five hand-drawn scores by Matthieu Reijnoudt. His best ones. Thirteen of these scores will be on show on the billboards underneath Metrostation Maashaven. Just so you can see them day and night, for roughly three weeks long. The complete selection of scores is published in a music book. The entire music book will be performed three times during the South Explorer weekend. For every performance a different instrument has been selected.

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Fri 22 Jun 2018 20:30
@ DE PLAYER, Rotterdam
'E-ARTHHA' WITH DOUGLAS KAHN, BJ NILSEN, AURÉLIE LIERMAN AND MAX FRANKLIN

As you may well know, there are those evenings after which the sun rises differently. The 'E-ARTHHA' event is about the search for new interfaces and possibilities for sound composition, image and performance. In his lecture, Douglas Kahn discards old categories of sound and performance and replaces them with a new category ofenergy’, which operates within the bigger narratives of ecology and other sensitivities. Hailing from other biotopes, our accompanying guests will all take different points of departure for their performances.

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Thu 29 Nov 2018 20:00 @ Varia, Rotterdam ARCHIVING 'PUSHING SCORES' WITH VARIA, VALENTINA VUKSIC, ANA GUEDES, NIEK HILKMANN AND MORE

For this event we will focus on archiving our 'Pushing Scores' project. This project, which focuses on what we have come to refer to as thegraphic score’, has been running over the last two to three years.

What are the possibilities of the graphic score in a day and age in which graphic notation is still commonly seen as 'drawing', merely serving as some kind of sheet music?


Participants

Experimental Jetset (NL)
Davide Mosconi (IT)
DUPAC (INT)
Studio Moniker (NL)
Cold Void [Rafaël Rozendaal/Luuk Bouwman] (NL)
Telcosystems (NL)
Floris Vanhoof (BE)
Rafaël Rozendaal (NL)
Valentina Vuksic (CH)
Ana Guedes (PT)
Helga Jakobson (CAN)
Niek Hilkmann (NL)
Varia (NL)
John Duncan (US)
Johannes Kreidler (DE)
Jörg Piringer (AT)
BJ Nilsen (SE)
Douglas Kahn (US)
Aurélie Lierman (BE)
Max Franklin (AU)
Remco van Bladel (NL)
Johannes Bergmark (SE)
Hiele Martens (BE)
Vaast Colson (BE)
Peter Fengler (NL)
Florian Cramer (DE/NL)
Julia Bünnagel (DE)
Derek Holzer (US)
JODI (NL)
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE)
Evelin Brosi (BE)
Yann Goudron (FR)
Charlemagne Palestine (BE)
Matthieu Reijnoudt (NL)
Willem de Haan (NL)
Rowan van As (NL)
Vos van der Noordt (NL)
Julia Reinhold (NL)
Students of XPUB at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam:
Karina Dukalska, Max Franklin, Giulia de Giovanelli, Clàudia Giralt, Francisco González, Margreet Riphagen, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe and Kimmy Spreeuwenberg
Students of Artez Fine Arts and Graphic Design, Arnhem
Students of Fontys Academie, Tilburg
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Pinkie Bowtie, Antwerp
Art Rotterdam
Paradiso, Amsterdam
WORM, Rotterdam
South Explorer, Rotterdam
Technische Universiteit van Enschede


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