50:50 Online project present The Blank Canvas Octet Live on YouTube 09.09.2020

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 Sept 9th 2020
Time BST : 19.30

Event update - The proposed live broadcast on YouTube did not happen due to an unexpected obstacle appearing. Apologies to the dissapointed and brokenhearted. The show did take place, here is an archive version of the event you can watch, listen with ...and listen to what is there: in contrast to what is not there...

Archive - Track 1 of 3 - top tip listen to what is there!

Archive - Track 3 of 3 - top tip listen to what is there!

Archive - Track 2 of 3

Not available

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 ensemble improvisation in music. The participation count is eight and above.  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,


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 September 2020 will feature the following, more or less: and logically for September 29th too.

PHIL MORTON, accidents and treaments
DAN GOREN, trumpet

Audience & ghosts

ZOOM PRO HOST ACCOUNT - improvisers online

Event information: Concert/broadcast starts 19.30,

Set List

Three pieces of fifteen minutes duration. The Systen 50;50 setting for each piece are

  1. Freeplay 6 minutes : tacet 9 minutes
  2. Freeplay 9 minutes : tacet 6 minutes
  3. Freeplay 6 minutes : tacet 9 minutes


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