RegisterTuesday, June 2, 2:00 PM – Virtual Event via Zoom Meetings
Explore making music directly inspired by your surroundings, no musical training necessary! We’ll focus on making and interpreting our own “graphic scores” which are music scores that also read as visual artworks. We’ll learn a little history about where music and visual art collide, and use objects around us to make soundscapes that we’ll perform for each other online.
Overview of Activities
Demo of a sample graphic score
Slide show of inspiring music/artworks (20th-21st century, John Cage, painters like Kandinsky)
Abstracting our favorite sounds
Sketching own graphic scores based on things in nature or in the house
Mini-presentations/show and tell of our works
Paper (any kind, preferably 8.5×11 or bigger)
Drawing tools of various kinds (pencils, ink, crayons, markers, up to you)
Objects around your house that make sounds (pots/pans, glasses, stones, plants, papers, yourself!)
Optional: instead of paper and drawing tools, you can use a digital drawing pad
Hailed as “a try-anything aural dreamer with the skills and programming genius to mount ideas both intriguing and outrageous” (Westword), Nathan Hall uses music as an artistic medium to explore a variety of fields including science, nature, the fine arts, history, and sexuality. There is an emotional resonance present in all of Nathan’s works, from his traditional classical pieces for chamber ensembles to experimental electronic pieces, sound sculptures, and multimedia projects. Nathan’s drive for making site-specific work is tied to his passions for travel and cultural exchange. He is a former Fulbright Fellow to Iceland and holds his Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) from CU Boulder. His works have been performed and exhibited in 14 countries and 12 States, and among other residencies and grants, he was Denver Art Museum’s first Creative in Residence. He lives in Denver with his fiancé Andy.