Saturday, March 18, 2023

Part Three: "The Jubal Project" - A New Notational Lexicon for Composition and Performance

As I have written in two previous posts, "The Jubal Project" is a radical new music compositional lexicon which redefines the rules of interpretation and performance. Through its use of indexical registrations, symbols of forces in flux, and sensory stimuli, "The Jubal Project" offers performers a truly dynamic set of tools for multiple applications within a broad range of genres and formats.

This dynamic notation system promises to have a profound effect on the way music is both written and performed, while offering unlimited possibilities for creative exploration through a visualization system of over 600 signifying icons.

In developing this system of musical documentation, my inspiration for this unconventional notational system also embraces the work of Enrico Castellani and Morton Feldman's affinity for the irregularities in Persian rugs.  

Castellani surface structures, and Castellani's work in general, can be seen to represent a shift in the way we think about visualization and how we can contextualize this in a compositional (musical) ontology. 


By implementing his radical form of repetition and dynamicism (A cognitive composition model that sees cognition as a complex dynamic interaction between the agent and its environment) to explore the complexities of surface-level music composition I have opened up a world of creative possibilities. 

The intent is that this new musical lexicon works as an example of how science, art, and sound can be woven together to create something truly unique. 

In interpreting this new notational vernacular, the performer is charged with adapting patterns to fluctuating desires and contingencies which can be an ongoing process with the performance becoming a method of directing change in the musical interpretation; a way of guiding them through different configurations.

This relies on making and using patterns found within the notation that are more responsive than their modernist predecessors. This form of notation opens the door for a more radical approach to composition.

Composers are now able to create music that has the potential to be emotionally intense, embody expanded notions of structure and draw in complex layers of symbolism.

The score itself can become a fluid document, transforming throughout the music’s evolution and providing an opportunity to break away from traditional form.

My belief is that with the Jubal Project's realization, composition can reach new levels of complexity, beauty and emotion that would have never been possible before.

...more to come.

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