Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Non-sonic side of Clock Patience

Whilst waiting to sort out the sound side of Clock Patience, I decided to weave the music. My husband built me a 34 piece peg loom and using fishing line, the music was slowly weaved onto it. The stave was created in different coloured foil threads and the notes were added using washers.

The whole idea was to create an ethereal piece of work. These two photographs are all that is left of this particular piece. A shame really, as looking at them, I realise now how nice it was as a standing piece of art.

Monday, 27 February 2012

My first attempt

The first inkling of a new form of sound, to me at least, came through playing a card game of patience known as 'Clock Patience'. As the cards were turned over, I realised if I noted down in what order they were played, this might form a basis of a short sound piece.

Game 1 
18 cards left

Game 2
K,3,Q,K,5,7,10,7,J,4,10,8,4,Q,9,A,6,K,6,9,2,5,3,J,8,J,4,8,10,2, 6,
5 cards left

Game 3
28 cards left

Game 4
1 card left

As this sound piece was designed around a game of clock patience, it seemed fitting to use a clock face to place my notes. Initially, I didn't want the King to be played. It was in the centre where the clock hands would sit and therefore was not part of reading time. 

However, it proved too difficult to miss a note so the whole thing had to be rethought. If sharp notes were excluded that would leave only 7 notes for a 12 part clock. Still no use. If we still placed the King in the middle of the clock face and allocated one note only to it, that would leave 6 notes to be divided between the rest of the clock face. So we decided to allocate two opposing numbers on the clock face to one note. Sounded simple once we decided. However, how do you decide which notes to allocate to what number and which of the four games to play?

Below is a chart working our way through this conundrum beginning with Game 1. We then realised the answer was staring us in the face and decided not to proceed with converting the other three games!

12:00 = Note G was not used as we decided to keep G solely for the King card.

If you look at the line with 12:00 = Note E, you will see 4 notes underlined. They spell the name CAGE. It is the only place in this whole sheet that the name appears. As I was investigating John Cage at the time, it seemed right to use this variation of note to number allocation. There you are, never look a gift horse in the mouth. 

As I can't play any instrument (well, a keyboard but quite badly), my husband offered to be recorded playing Game 1 for me. I simply handed him the sheet as above and asked him to play it anyway he felt like. 

I am still working on that very early piece of video to upload it to You Tube so it can be shown on this blog eventually.