+ Simon Kinch - 2494.8cm²
It feels so stupid now, but it took me ages to see the extra dimension (of depth) that Earl Brown mentioned in his graphic score December 1952. When I finally got it, it clicked, and I could no longer not see it - like how the hidden image in one of those magic eye pictures supposedly stays with you (although I wouldn’t know - I’ve never been able to see past the swirling top layer on those either).
This extra depth - an extra dimension, an additional characteristic to realise in that score - opens the score up to further, differenting interpretations - in whatever way you can imagine this depth being represented sonically.
It is very common for graphic scores (including Brown’s aforementioned work) to present ‘block’ elements within their graphics: shaded areas defined and distinct from the background. More often than not, such blocks are interpreted as individual gestures or contrasts between differing sounds or silence (although on a score without instructions, such as 2494.8cm², any element can be realised as and how the interpreter desires).
The intention was to give the score for 2494.8cm² additional depth through the detail within each block - each block made up of perpendicular lines, warping as they approach the centre.
The featured recording is a realisation by Francesco Serpetti, on piano and electronics.
Simon Kinch is a composer of contemporary music, based between Oxford and Seville.
He curates and edits the magazine CNCPTN, and maintains CLLCTN - a blog collating selected works of modern art music.