* You can view the lyrics by double clicking – Ode to ELELEL (written in purple, directly above the player button).
ELELEL is part of my abstract contexts portfolio and follows a process I am developing as an exercise in high abstraction. The process begins with a text and design layer that reflects moods and thoughts at the time. A second layer ignores the first layer except for design cues and semiotic suggestions. All of this takes place disregarding any pictorial or representational possibilities, resulting in a composition with text and design.
Following on from Jack’s process, I worked in layers, taking on the prominent shapes, dynamics, numeric and alphabetic symbols as the structural elements of my first layer. I took 9 as the uppermost measure of rhythm and used sixteenths as the division. You can hear these as repeated sequences of “dots” echoing the dots in Jack’s work.There are many sections in the music where 5, 6, 7 or 8 take charge of the time signature, but these sections move and replace each other as it seems to me there is alot of movement in this artwork.
I used many mallets on different surfaces (piano strings, paper, wood, plastic, brass and steel), for these changing time signatures. You’ll notice a little clatter at the end of the piece (I let a mallet fall into the piano freely) which denotes the red paint dribbling down from the centre of Jack’s ELELEL (see detail).
It was especially fun trying to ignore the first layer whilst doing the second aside from those structural cues (as per Jack’s process)! To evoke Jack’s “outlining” in black, I alternated between using thin and thick timbres of the accordion and piano to frame parts of the music. For the curved and straight outlines of the artwork, I used a rubber half disc to “roll” or “print” respectively onto the piano keys. You can see what I mean on this little video: how to make curvy & straight sounds
We experience visual spaces in the painting, so in turn, I broke up the musical intensity with more spacious interludes. For me, there is a 3 dimensional quality in the artwork; I see suspended entities within the contextual frameworks – these are what I wanted to create as focal sections in my music.
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