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How to write silence

Griffin, David (2013) How to write silence. TRACEY: drawing and visualisation research.

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Abstract

This paper will trace the development of a notation research experiment aimed at developing a scoring system for silence. Silence has kinetic roles in social exchanges: quietude, reflective pauses, withdrawal, displays of consent or dissent, reception and interpretation. But how can we score something not present, yet also not absent? Is there a positive notation for this critical issue of performance, of silence in the voice, other than merely the courtesies of extended rests, or blanks in the score? The reader will see inscriptions that oscillate between pictures and writing, and between visual and auditory, exemplifying those capacities of drawing to operate in the spaces between languages. In the context of an experimental music notation, seeking to make an instrumental gesture of silence, how can we draw incipience?

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Art
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 19:53
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 18:53
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1041

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