|Creators||Beresford, S., Butcher, J., Lovenes, P. and Marclay, C.|
Ongoing collaboration with Christian Marclay. ‘Graffiti Composition’ and ‘Screenplay’ are two related works consisting of live musical improvisation and performance. They are
part of an ongoing collaboration with the artist Christian Marclay.
'Graffiti Composition' involved Beresford directing an invited orchestra of improvising musicians. The work focuses on making
music from the random compositional acts of strangers. Prior to realization, Marclay fly-posted several hundred sheets of blank
manuscript paper, collecting the sheets some days later, after passers-by had written on them – using either traditional music
notation or more transgressive interference modes (colour-blocks, torn holes in or abstract graphic symbols on the paper) – and
sending photographs of them to Beresford. Beresford’s directorial decisions helped these random graffiti become music via
simple formal processes – restricting each musician to a handout of two MS each, or stipulating a mini-concerto for each player.
Beresford’s contribution explores the paradox of improvisation stipulated by strangers and controlled, however loosely, by the
structuring agency of a musical director.
‘Screenplay’ extended this collaborative process between Marclay and Beresford. Beresford and other musicians responding to
a visual track comprising found and public domain moving images manipulated by Marclay – gunfight scenes from a TV
Western; running water; racing cars morphing into crying children, and so on, in black-and-white, with single-colour blocks
appearing and developing as lines, spots, and other suggestive ‘notation’. The elliptical, surprising, humorous nature of the
images at times is hyperexplicated by the improvised music, and at others challenged, ignored or contradicted by the musicians’
‘Graffiti Composition’ was performed by the LSO at St. Luke’s, London, March 22, 2005. ‘Screenplay’ premiered in Dundee in
2006, and toured Europe during 2007. Reviewed in the Herald (21 Feb 06) and Times (24 March 07). Beresford’s work as
improviser, composer and performer was profiled in The Wire (April 2002, May 2005).
|Date||22 Mar 2005|