Making my music shareable!

Music & Movement

Well, another week gone by, and still no way to produce mock-ups…In the meantime, here are some more “old pieces” from Composition II: Music and Movement.

To try to relate music to movement, we used the eight basic efforts and four “drives” from the Laban movement theory.  They are derived from the continuums of space, time, weight, and flow, basically…The usefulness is by noting which characteristics the action has (pressing, flicking, wringing, dabbing, slashing, gliding, thrusting, floating) and then looking at the definition of each for where it lies on the continuum so the music can be written to possess those qualities.  Confused yet?  Yeah, the only reason I was able to list what I did was b/c I pulled out my old Laban for All book.  It was a little mind-bending when I was in the class; after not thinking about it for several years, I definitely can’t explain the theory right.

First, Vision drive: “weightless”  Revolves around time, space, and flow.  In this little scene created & performed by a couple of CCC Laban grad students, a little girl is running from something in a dream.  She discovers a sentient tree that calms her down and sends her back into a peaceful sleep.
Video: .mov file
Or, for those of you would like music only, you can listen to the .mp3here
And, of course, the score 🙂 :Vision Dance

Next, Spell drive: “timeless”  Revolves around weight, space, and flow.  In the first scene, created & performed by CCC Laban grad students, a girl loses herself in the story she is reading.  She meets a creature or two and a fairy before wandering back to reality.
Video: .wmv file
And the .mp3 for those of you who want it
And score: Spell Dance

Finally, another Spell drive.  This scene (created & performed, once more, by a CCC Laban grad student) is a bit odd…the girl catches a bird, crushes it, and eats it, after which she transmogrifies into a bird herself.  Like I said, weird.  I didn’t actually do this one for an assignment–it was something to keep me busy and writing later during the semester.
Video: .wmv file
The .wav file
And score: Spell Transmogrification

Thanks for reading/listening!

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