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A+E : Rummaging. Workshop and performance evening this Sunday
  • HenryHenry
    Posts: 43

    We have a rummaging workshop and performance evening this Sunday in the gallery space at the Island. All instrumentation/equipment is provided and the session will run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    If your interested in attending please drop us an email at or feel free to just turn up.

    Sunday 26th of October.
    The Gallery Space, The Island, Bridewell Street
    tickets £5.

    Our desire to reconcile our interest in free improvisation, physical performance and sonic exploration has led to the formulation of the performance practice known as rummaging.

    A common musical aim we both believe passionately in is the removal of non-essentials. When attempting to convey a musical idea, obstructions to the singular expression of that intent must be removed.

    When playing improvised music, as both of us have for several years, we realised that the moments that really satisfied us were the little, unpredictable moments of complexity that arose. The micro-gestures that would appear and disappear, flittering moments where chance rhythms presented themselves and spoke to each other in ways outside of our conscious intention.

    The practice of rummaging establishes an environment that enables the performer to create a sound-world built on these micro-gestures and chaotic interactions, in a manner free from impurities and obfuscations. The physical practice is deceptively simple; objects are placed in a container and manipulated with the hands. Through the collision of these objects, a percussive music is produced that reflects the aims stated above.

    The rummaging vessel is a microcosm of the dialogue created through improvisation: tension and release, rhythmic synchronicity and chaotic unpredictability. Gestures rise and fall, objects collide and separate. Rhythms and pitches cascade.

    The complexity that arises from the chance collisions of objects exceeds anything that could be created by the human hand. By removing the element of control, the player is free to focus on the resulting mesh of sounds. Allowing the mind to become saturated with the complexity of the sonic information provided by rummaging can facilitate achieving a clarity of thought, similar to the practice of Mandala meditation. This mirrors one of the principal aesthetic aims of rummaging; the attainment of purity through chaos.

    Henry Collins and Robin Foster

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