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FNM @ Pedalpalooza 2010!
June 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Fear No Music presents the first Portland performance of “Eine Brise”
(“a breeze”) by composer-trickster Mauricio Kagel. Scored for 111
bicyclists riding in a tight, controlled formation, and playing bells,
whistling, humming and making tongue-clucks, the performance is part of
Pedalpalooza 2010. Performers are needed and advance notice of your
intent to participate is requested.
If you want to participate, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also RSVP by going to our facebook page/events
to the performance, cyclists participating in Pedalpalooza can join in
the Audible Signal parade starting at the downtown Foot Traffic and
rolling up Hawthorne to Mt. Tabor.
People who want to be
audience members can hear the fun (and watch a beautiful sunset) at the
top of Mt. Tabor too. The performance is free and open to the public.
Please keep in mind that parking near Mt. Tabor is limited, so you
should plan accordingly.
Monday, June 14, 2010, starting at approximately 7:30 p.m., and finishing at approximately 8:30 p.m.
What we ask of you:
A bike with a bell
There is a musical score for the piece with very simple instructions, but musical knowledge is not required. Bicyclists will ride for only a short distance at a very slow speed (about 5 mph) in a specific formation, while performing a sequence of different musical sounds (whistling, ringing bells, singing a simple melody). If you’re riding with clip-ins, you might consider swapping out your clip-in pedals for some old-fashion no-clips.
1. We will meet at the top of Mt. Tabor. Volunteers will be at the top level of the road to direct you to the rehearsal space/starting point.
2. At approximately 7:30 we will begin rehearsing. We will split up into small groups to make sure everyone knows the sounds to make and the sequence of events. We will then assemble in formation without our bicycles and practice walking through the piece. Then we’ll add the bicycles in.
3. What do I do?
Composer Mauricio Kagel gives some simple instructions as to how this
piece works. First, there are five different types of sounds that he
asks you to make, and to do them at different volume levels:
a. Bicycle bell or horns sounds. There is a short, loud one; a
slightly longer, louder one; and another longer one, loudest of all.
b. Three different whistled sounds. The first is a low note, the
second a middle note, and the third a high note. Kagel asks that you
make the high and low notes while whistling out (exhaling), and the
middle note while whistling in (inhaling). All three whistled notes
are done very loudly.
c. Three sung notes. A low note on the vowel A, a middle note on the
vowel E, and a high note on the vowel O. All three notes are to be
sung loudly (sorta like the way you do it in the shower in the morning).
d. Fluttertongue sounds. A fluttertongue is the kind of sound a kid
makes when they imitate a helicopter. Don’t worry, if you can’t figure
out how to imitate a helicopter, we’ll demonstrate it for you at the
top of Mt Tabor.
e. Imitation of gusts of wind. Using the sound “sch” you imitate the
wind 3 times. The first, going from soft to loud back to soft. The
second, going from soft to very loud back to soft. The third going
from soft to medium-loud back to soft.
Kagel has musically notated these instructions like this:
4. When do I do it?
You will be making the sounds described above as you ride. Kagel laid
out a performance on city streets like this, where you would make the
sounds as you ride past the audience standing on the sidewalk:
Because Mt Tabor has that great circular path, we will have the
audience on the west side of the hill, and ride past them there. There
will be volunteers with signs directing you.
Kagel asked that the sounds be made at specific times:
We will have volunteers holding signs telling you when to make the
sounds and what kind of sounds as you ride. No need to memorize all
Kagel asks that the cyclists ride in a formation like this:
Kagel also asks that everyone keep approximate 1.5 meters between
them and the bikes in front, in back, and to the sides. We’ll have
volunteers there to help get the formation set up and, with a little
practice, we’re sure everyone can ride in formation.
5. It will be over in a few minutes. The piece only lasts about 2 minutes. However, the composer stated, that it could be repeated. Because Mt. Tabor has the great circular path around the top, we’ll probably do at least a couple repeats of the piece.
6. In the event of rain, the performance will go on. Hey, this is Portland. It’s only water.
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