Performance in collaboration with Beatrice Dillon, 8fold, London
Within a triangular room we will build a circle made out of semi-transparent fabric in which we will set up instruments to perform music. In each of the corners we will have an assistant holding a microphone and a large print of the list below.
Each member of the audience will be invited to request a ‘track’ from this list. The assistant will then read out the title of the requested ‘track’ through the microphone (this will happen in turns between the three axis of the triangle).
‘The hidden ‘band’ inside the circle will then respond by performing music that interprets the track description. The length of each piece is decided by the performers and may range from 3 seconds to 3 minutes.
A ‘Fluffer’ is a hired member of the crew of a pornographic movie whose role on the set is to arouse the participants prior to the filming. The audience in this case represents the Fluffer, the ‘band’ acts as the performing subjects. The room is divided into zones of public choice and the private delivery of generic denominators of music.
Melissa and Beatrice, hidden behind the curtain, will be wearing naked suits whilst playing this music. The ill-fitting naked suits reflect the innocence and naivety of the improvisation and aims to hint at the artifice born out of a pure desire to entertain.
The Human Touch – Light, Gentle and Sensitive Theme
Life Is For Living – Uplifting, Soulful Celebration with Emotive Choir
Soft Horizons – Down-tempo, Chill-Out with Strings and Occasional Punch
Happy Hearts – Moving, Soaring, Orchestra with Baritone and Tenor
Happy Rainbow – Tranquil and Pleasant, Lazing In the Sun
The Magic Of Christmas – Bright and Cheerful Yuletide Beat
The Spirit Of Christmas – Gentle Acoustic Sing-a-Long
Industrial Panorama – Driving Indie-Rock with a Positive Feel
The Dawn Of Hope – Steadily Building, Triumphant and Patriotic
Close Shave – A Funky Up-tempo Organ Groover with a Great Brassy Chorus
Survival – Bleak & Apprehensive Atmosphere with Vocal FX
The Sacrifice – Powerful and Heavy, Dramatic Drumming
Ideas In Action (Part 1) – Energetic, Electronic, Relentless Tribal Drumming
Ideas In Action (Part 2) – Carnival Time: Big Brass and Organ, No Vocals
Planet Earth – Expansive Flute,Powered Atmosphere
All In The Mind – Laid-Back and Faraway Space Rock
Great Expectations – Buoyant, Smiling, Bucolic Violin Concerto
Pictures In My Mind – Emotional and Tender with an Uplifting Pumping Theme
Out Of Sight – Menacing and Moody Pre-Historic Atmosphere with Fx
Face To Face – Dreamy, Laid-Back and Expansive Chill-Out
Good News – Vibrant, Solid Groove
I Miss You Baby – Powerful Feel with a Serious Mood
Text read for the performance (by members of the audience)
The musical momentum should come from us
Beginning with someone else’s request?
It’s too much
We’ll get stuck with the pressure of having to invent all this music
We’ll say:’We can’t perform this or that’ or maybe
‘We just dont feel like playing that particular track’
lets just be open do an improv thing
maybe we can really rehearse and play a love song well. Something slow tempo with you singing and together we build towards an emotive chorus
I like that idea but what about all the samples?
If we make the library samples the main thing
We will be too restricted and we’ll get stuck playing with the loop. Then let’s just work on four themes and we can then improvise live from that
“I remember playing in the wooden circle, it was like a hamster wheel.A wooden revolving cylinder, this was when I was a child. We all were spinning in this round wooden circle and underneath us was a concrete plateau… ”
Maybe if we approach these thoughts there might be something there? Let’s work on this then
OK, let’s write a script and read it naturally from inside. We are getting stuff done, this is good
Let’s forget about the music, Let’s focus on a script
That sounds nice, but try to read it a little slower, maybe emphasize certain words
Let’s try again
How about a little vocal-effect on some of the sentences
This is funny,you sound like T-Pain but be careful not to overdo it. Let’s workshop it tomorrow, bring the costumes and we’ll do a general rehearsal at the end of the day, we’ll do all the shopping on friday
trying trying trying
Honestly? This all sounds a bit flat, It’s way too long, it’s like 20 minutes
We’re not succeeding in capturing this process
What are we going to do?
This is not funny at all, Does this even work?
This is just a dull script being read out, It would make a bad performance. We can’t make it sound natural, in fact it’s awful
When we’re just talking in the studio it really moves, But when we write it down it dies, It has no life to it
Just sounds like we don’t mean it
Let’s meet early tomorrow
I’m nervous about this, I couldn’t sleep
I’m shitting it too
I re-read it and we’re really putting ourselves out now
‘Goodbye Hellos… Eh!?’
After so much work, How can we still feel this unhappy?
Are we this insecure?
People must like what we do, because here we are again, preparing for something
I’m not happy, maybe we should cancel
It’s better to cancel than to do something we will feel embarrassed about,isn’t it?
I say Cancel, out of respect. We haven’t got it down
But we have worked so much
we’ve fluffed and fluffed and fluffed but we just cant come. Somehow we just haven’t managed to feel good about it
Let’s just walk away clean and sorry
We tried everything
But this can’t be the sum total, Can it?
If you are honest you always do something with a purpose in mind. There’s always someone you are addressing when you do something like this. lets don’t break it down, It’s not about Us and Them
Canceling at this point just feels terrible
We mustn’t do it
I have faces in mind that I can’t let down
For self-respect? I would cancel
It would be easier
Forget about it being just getting it done, getting something out there that is amazing powerful finished brand new OR not being part of, not turning up. It’s the grey in between
And let’s face it we don’t want to miss the exam
I read in the tao of wu, it said that Adam and Eve saw that they were naked and they became afraid
You find yourself in Paradise, and it’s never long before your mind says…. “now what?…”