Study no. 33

for 5 percussionists


Performance Instructions:

For 5 percussionists.

Prior to performance, each player is assigned one vertical single-line staff. Only one player should follow each staff.

Prior to performance, each player chooses 5 small percussion instruments that can be arranged in close proximity. Each instrument is assigned to a particular event node: far left, left, center, right, and far right.

Each staff contains 13 event nodes: one on each end of the staff (top and bottom), and 11 in between.

Each time the attack cursor collides with either the top or bottom event node, play the sound that corresponds to the center event node. The ensemble will always be in rhythmic unison for these attacks.

Each time the diamond-shaped attack cursor crosses one of the event nodes in between the 2 outer nodes, the player will play one of the 5 corresponding instruments, often combined, depending on where the event node(s) are located in reference to the staff line: far left, left, center, right, far right.

A small red node will appear on the staff line connected to an event node when that event node is to the right or left of the staff line. This does not indicate a variation on the center event node, but an indicator of the attack point.

Presentation: Allow the score application to run for several iterations before beginning. The ensemble should begin together on one of the outer event nodes.

Dynamics: MF-F.

Duration: 10 minutes or more.

Ryan Ross Smith, June 2014.

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