Out loud is music with the shape of a strainer where most of the sounds are missing. The pre-omposed piece is filtered so only the leftovers of the piece remain: the unwanted, the de-classed sounds.
The ensemble plays tacet only gestures without sound.
The music vanishes and we can only hear/see what remains: breathing, movements, mistaken notes, eye contact.
And the no-piece becomes a piece! Hard to escape the void.
The music is defined for what it is hidden instead of for what it shows, in a post-Cage experiment the piece asks to remember the forgotten sounds in the own mind.
I wrote a silent piece with a lot of notes.
The musicians and the audience are present, occupying the hall, facing a full nothingness. The audience and the musicians, nevertheless, are holding to the concert rituals with the hope of recovering some sense.
Tired of following instructions…
Tired of solfège…
Tired of abstraction…
even not the intention, the resulting piece is quite humoristic.
The musicians are asked to build a piece around the piece. In this version, the trombone, at the very end, plays the only real note of the piece.
I am working now on a second version, a bit longer (3 minutes!) for the New Mexico Ensemble, for violin, violoncello, percussion plus accordion and trombone.