ADAPT/OPPOSEGraphic Arrays For Musical Interaction
Adapt/Oppose is a modular graphic sign system I have developed over the course of the
past years. It is based on a handful of basic signs - circles, horizontal lines, curved and
dashed diagonal lines - and defines musical spaces for group interaction. Due to their
specific nature, the signs can be combined in multiple ways in order to create complex
structures. The system works by isolating two concurrent sets of binary oppositions: one
set indicates the cueing in or out musicians and the other set indicates the function of the
musicians chosen material - by either adapting or opposing a given situation.
In free improvisation, musicians often find themselves in overly complex situations. These require immediate analysis and decisions, control over material, reflection and anticipation - at once and in real time. By eliminating the need for the musician to decide at which point to start, and by defining a general mode of relation to a given musical situation, the complexity becomes significantly reduced. Thus the participants are given the opportunity to focus entirely on the remaining parameters such as the shaping of the actual musical material, articulation, dynamics, durations, etc. Despite that, they are still asked to make many decisions in the moment of playing just as they would in free improvisation.
Furthermore, this reduction of complexity allows for repeatable discreet sections and enables me - as a second order observer - to develop specific group versions of Adapt/Oppose together with the participants in a mutual process.
Adapt/Oppose has been performed by professional musicians, but has been also the basis for several workshops for beginners or semi-professionals.
Performed Versions of Adapt/Oppose:
20.03.2007: Version 06/1, Maerzmusik, Berlin
Sascha Armbruster (sax), Johanna Hessenberg (sax), Sebastien Schiesser (sax), Marcel Schmid (sax), Markus Wenninger (sax), Nikolai Zinke (git), Burkhard Beins (perc)
Workshop Ensemble of the Masterclass 'Experimental Music' held by Sascha Armbruster, Burkhard Beins and Orm Finnendahl as part of the 3rd Summer Academy of Music, Schloss Königs Wusterhausen in Summer 2006.
17.12.2009: Version 09/1, ausland, Berlin
The N-Ensemble: Kjetil Brandsdal (e-bass), Bjornar Habbestad (fl, electr), Koen Nutters (laptop), Anders Hana (e-git), Matthias Engler (perc), Nicolas Field (perc), Morten J. Olsen (perc)
March 2010: Version 10/1, Club Manufaktur (Schorndorf) and Club W71 (Weikersheim)
June 2010: Kid Ailack Concert Hall (Tokyo), Float (Osaka) and Guggenheim House (Kobe)
+ Wien Modern (2010), ZKM (Karlsruhe 2011), Batteries III (Geneva 2011), Klangwerkstatt (Berlin 2012),...
POLWECHSEL: Michael Moser (vc), Werner Dafeldecker (db), Martin Brandlmayr (perc), Burkhard Beins (perc)
08.07.2010: Version 10/2, Exploratorium, Berlin
Liz Allbee (tp), Johnny Chang (vl), Antoine Chessex (ts), Chris Heenan (kb-cl), Magda Mayas (p), Koen Nutters (db), Morten J. Olsen (perc)
25.09.2010: Version 10/3, Umlaut Festival, Berlin
Pierre Borel (as), Antonin Gerbal (dr), Joel Grip (db), Sofia Jernberg (voice), Nicolas Lefort (git, mixer), Nils Ostendorf (tp), Eve Risser (p)
16.04.2011: Version 11/1, Batteries III Festival, Geneva, CH
Alexandre Babel (perc), Patricia Bosshard (vl), Jonas Kocher (acc), Rodolphe Loubatière (perc), Nicolas Masson (sax), Dragos Tara (db)
27.08.2011: Version 11/2, Météo Festival, Workshop Presentation, Mulhouse, F
Workshop Ensemble: Mano Cazalobos, Gwenaelle Chastagner, Stephane Clor, Antoine Elias, Julien Grosjean, Sebastien Hermann, Sebastien Hermann, Sarah Jamali, Delphine Langhoff, Jeremy Ledda, Jacques Lopez, Ronan Gil de Morais, Moussa Moussa, Sebastien Muller, Keely Sigot, Marie Verry
01.+ 02.06.2012: Versions 12/1 + 12/2, Serralves em Festa, Porto, PT
Liz Allbee (tp), Antoine Chessex (sax), Diana Combo (turntables), Mário Costa (perc), Werner Dafeldecker (db), Joao Martins (sax), Eduardo Raon (harp), Marcelo dos Reis (ac-git), Jorge Queijo (perc), Ana Luisa Veloso (e-git)
10.12.2012: Version 12/3 Area Sismica, Forlí, IT
Sebastiano Carghini (computer), Attila Faravelli (electro-acoustic devices), Giovanni Lami (computer, transducers), Enrico Malatesta (percussion), Simone Marzocchi (trumpet), Nicola Ratti (guitar, electronics), Federico Robol (acoustic bass guitar), Glauco Salvo (zither), Luca Santini (trumpet), Massimo Valentinotti (guitars), Dominique Vaccaro (electronic devices)