Study no. 10 is a generative animated score for claviset (piano, rhodes or wurlitzer can be substituted), designed to run indefinitely, and ideally, performed for quite a long time. The animated notation is based on the conventional grand staff, and the attack cursors serve the same functionality as noteheads. Each cursor (which indicates the onset, duration, relative dynamic and pitch) is functionally independent of all others, resulting in an organic, non-metric and evolving musical landscape.

Performance score [with embedded electronics] for Study no. 10

Performance Instructions

For claviset and electronics.

Piano, Rhodes or Wurlitzer piano can be substituted for the claviset.

Play each note as it crosses the attack line.

A black notehead denotes stacatto.

A white notehead denotes sustain, the note being held until the end (right side) of the red sustain line crosses the attack line.

The Max/MSP standalone application included with the score provides the electronic accompaniment. Once launched, the score application triggers all electronics, requiring no further interaction by the performer.

Dynamics: MF. The keyboard and electronics should be evenly balanced.

Duration: 20 minutes or more.

If possible, the Animated Score should be projected for both the performers and audience to see. If this is not possible, one or more monitors can be used.

Ryan Ross Smith, October 2012.

If you would like a copy of this animated score for performance, or have any questions about the animated notation used in this piece, feel free to get in touch! My contact information can be found here.