On Sunday, my first full day here in St Ives, I got to work on a composition I had been planning which involved listening to the sea and writing down the ‘sound traces’ as musical notation. By the end of Sunday, the piece was finished.
This didn’t seem right to me. A few years ago, I would have spent hours agonising over the layout of the score, how the notation should look, whether all of these things ‘looked’ how I wanted the piece to sound. Finishing a piece in a day and being happy with it was too easy. I realised that these kinds of open-scores had become my comfort zone...and in my comfort zone, my works can become repetitive and less creative.
So it was lucky to be working on this project, where I can step out of my comfort zone in many different ways. On Tuesday, I started on something as far out of my comfort zone as I could - hanging objects from the beams, a 3D work rather than pencil and paper. As my interest for this project is the traces people leave, I found items left behind on the beach, including a glow stick, a bit of frisbee and the sole of a shoe.
Although the majority of these things are recognisable (because they had been left that day and had not yet been in the sea), some of the things I found had been eroded so much that I could not tell for sure what they had been. Even the objects that were recognisable were incomplete (the glow stick being the most intact).
When I returned to the earlier composition, considering how I could include it in the installation, I was still contemplating these objects, wondering if I could incorporate an aspect of them into the presentation of this score. And so I began experimenting with eroding the notation.
I will be leaving these score traces around the installation in Studio 10, like debris washed on to the shore.
additional photos from Wednesday: