One minute is more than one minute (2011/12) by alexis porfiriadis published on 2013/05/26 23:01:45 +0000 One minute is more than one minute (2011/12) for ensemble (open form verbal score - λεκτική παρτιτούρα ανοιχτής μορφής) Performers: Odysseas Gkallios, Georgia Koumara, Angeliki Mousiou, Olga Papakonstantinou, Stelios Tsairidis KNOT Gallery, 11-5-2013 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P8NF79EaQI My verbal score One minute is more than one minute (2012) is a composition for an ensemble of at least five performers. This score focus exclusively on the production of sound and is so constructed that it could be performed by large groups or orchestras. According to the instructions for the realisation of the score, the duration of the piece can vary between one minute minimum to 60 minutes maximum. The members of the ensemble perform one action per minute. The exact structure of the piece is like in all of my verbal/graphic pieces to be decided collectively before the performance. In these compositions the resultant realization should be the product of a conversation between the performers and by no means decided by one single person. In the case of a big ensemble (more than 15 people) or an orchestra, the musicians should first decide all together the total duration of the piece. Then, they must form smaller groups and decide individually what they are going to play during its total duration. The groups don’t have to know what the other groups are going to play. The actions of One minute is more than one minute can be combined in any manner, so that one action can continue while another one begins and more than one actions can be performed simultaneously etc. The 60 actions described in this verbal score explore the production of sound. The fundamental sonic material to be produced is described with the following: “pitch-note / noise / sound-percussive sound / chord-cluster / melody / instrumental burble”’ as well as with actions and playing techniques as “scream / glissando / tremolo / recitation / scratching”. The durations, dynamics and the “arrangement” are described by “(very) short/ continuous/ (very) loud / quiet / played by 1-2-3-4-5 persons / played by all the members of the ensemble”. The sonic features and the manner of their execution within the space are described sometimes with instructions as: furious/ aggressive/ scattered in the room/ person should distance oneself from the other members of the ensemble.