50:50 Online project present The Blank Canvas Octet Live on YouTube 29.07.2020

50:50 Online project present The Blank Canvas Octet Live

50:50 online is a `telematic` project, that is it is a live streamed event via the internet. The current platform is zoom.us. the broadcast platform will be YouTube

Date July 29th 2020
Time BST : 19.30

Normally the zoom sessions are for participants, project associates, three invited audience (ZOOM) members, ghosts.
This 50:50 online session is being broadcast to the public, free of charge, using the broadcast platform YouTube

The online sessions have been provoked by the current lock down situation, but the thinking is that the online sessions will continue in a post coid-19 environment.

About the octet

The Blank Canvas Octet is a project exploring free improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. It uses the ‘system 50:50` - where chess clocks are used to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. An exciting project to participate in, to witness and to hear.

The `online` - telematic` version of the Blank Canvas octet was launched on May 6th 2020,

The Set List

setlist BC 290720

Colour code: Green = actively playing, Grey, tacet for the whole piece, White = absent

System 50:50, what is said

On system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins, improviser, Sheffield. 

Another point of listening comes from Simon Ross, Macclesfield. `System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos, virtuosity, and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive, coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive and more cooperative. Ends well.`

The players, the improvisers

The Blank Canvas Octet during July 2020 will feature the following, more or less: and logically for July 29th too.

CLAYTON JACKSON, electronics and objects
DAN GOREN, trumpet
PAUL MEDLEY. clarinet

Audience & ghosts

ZOOM PRO HOST ACCOUNT - improvisers online

Event information: Concert/broadcast starts 19.30,


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