|clocks and clouds|| Rotterdamse
|Mikael Lindqvist and Lars Skoglund
The composers and improvisers Mikael Lindqvist and Lars Skoglund wish
to collaborate with the Rotterdamse Improvisatie Poel on a project. The
main concept for the project is expressed in the title "Clocks and Clouds";
the clocks are thought of as any kind of periodic sound, like beats, pulses,
patterns, ostinatos. The clouds will be more "time-less" sounds with a
certain type of thickness or density; clusters, chords, layers of activity.
During the piece these initially separated sound ideas will be combined
and transformed. Clocks become rhythms, riffs, ostinatos, basslines etc.,
and the clouds turn into chords, harmonies and melodies. Another type of
transformation can be described as “Clocks turn into clouds, and clouds
into clocks”. The clock-patterns increase in speed and become overlayered
so that the points they are made of will merge together into clouds. The
clouds will be “rhythmisized” and made shorter and repeated so that they
form clock-like rhythmic patterns.
Within this framework both improvisation and written material will be
used. The improvisers get a lot of freedom, but always within the framework,
which is the two main concepts, and their meeting. Along with the invited
R:IP-members we will include some musicians from the conservatory. Based
on our experience with both institutions we have decided to assign R:IP-pers
to play mostly free stuff (within given guidelines), and the students to
take care of most of the written parts, but also to improvise a lot.
This project was performed in November 2002 and will be repeated in 2003.