A Community Sound Sketchbook
A collaborative virtual project with musicians from the Chicago Composers Orchestra.
Drawn Together is a virtual space for sharing musical creativity. Through a project co-conceived with composer Danny Clay, we’ve collected animated scores for musicians to interpret.
Here’s How You Take Part
Watch Broadcasts Mondays in June Live. Join us for livestreamed releases. Hear performances of animated scores by CCO musicians and see a live interpretation by different orchestral musicians each week. Listen, watch, and engage in a Q&A session with the musicians and composers.
June 8, 7:30 pm central: scores by Kyong Mee Choi and Randall West
June 15, 7:30 pm central: scores by Joseph Colombo and Byron Au Yong
June 22, 7:30 pm central: scores by Kyle Gregory Price
June 29, 7:30 pm central: scores by Danny Clay and Selina Trepp
Videos will be livestreamed from this page and YouTube.
Make Music With Us:
(1) grab an instrument, noise-making objects around your house, or use your own voice!
(2) watch this silent video and play along — be sure to record yourself using your phone or computer (doesn’t need to be fancy quality!)
(3) send your recording to firstname.lastname@example.org
Recordings will be woven into a sound and video collage along with Chicago Composers Orchestra performers!
What is a graphic score?
A graphic score is a way to represent music using symbols outside of traditional notation.
Graphic notation is based on the conviction that music is always there inside us, waiting for something to kindle it, to call it forth. With a graphic score a composer throws her cards on the table and invites the musicians to read them as they see them. The graphic score sparks a collaboration between composer, director, and musicians, where instinct takes precedence over experience; intuition over reason. The music that eventually comes forth may not be at all the hand that the composer thought she dealt. The result is a musical creation that none of the players fully envision at the start.
– from our Half Notes blog by Dan Lory