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Collective Thoughts for a group of people (2014) is a score consisting of 49 verbally and 49 graphically instructed procedures for sound production. Performers (at least three persons) are invited to make a group realization of the composition using any amount of this material. The order of procedures and their respective timings should be decided collectively prior to the performance. All decisions about how to structure and perform the piece should be made collectively (not by one individual), through a process of conversation and rehearsal.
The verbal and graphic instructions of the score describe either one procedure which results to a sound situation, or the process of passing from one sound situation to another. The members of the group can perform the beginning of the sound-changing processes either simultaneously or gradually (if there is no clear directive). While working on the graphic procedures of the piece, performers are invited to discuss and agree on the ways they will translate the graphics musically. The members of the group do not have to standardize exactly what they are going to do, but they should have an idea of how every member understands the graphics. It is desirable that a minimum of common understanding on the performance of the graphics would be collectively achieved.
If the group consists of up to four persons then all the members of the ensemble should always perform the same procedure. If the score is performed by a larger ensemble (five to ten persons) then sub-groups may be created and different processes may be performed simultaneously (but there is no obligation to do so). In the case of a large ensemble (more than ten persons) or an orchestra the players should at first collectively decide the duration of their performance and then they should form subgroups. Each of these should decide for themselves upon the material to be played in the predetermined duration. It is not necessary for each sub-group to know prior to the performance what any other is going to play.The order in which the actions are presented in this score reflects no structural preference on the part of the composer.
Minimum duration of a version: 8 minutes.
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