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Stille Post (Chinese Whispers) 2018

As part of the course “Image Composition and Rhythm” by Institute of Music and Media lecturer Christian Schäfer, music visualization is treated using forms of musical notation lying outside our traditional system. Alternative musical notation by visual artists and musicians, such as the musical visualization and notation of the musician Anthony Braxton or the collection “Notations” compiled by John Cage, form the model and inspiration for the practical exercise “Chinese Whispers.”
The starting point of the Chinese whispers is a piece of music which is assigned to the students by drawing lots. This is visualized graphically – but without using our conventional music notation or writing system. The resulting notes are passed on to another participant without any music, title or other references to the piece. This person then records his or her own interpretation of the notation. The newly created track is then given a title and is again passed on, and this time visualized in the form of a cover.

Since 2016 it has been possible to watch and hear the complete development – from original to re-interpretation – at the SITTart Gallery of the Association of Düsseldorf Artists (VdDK 1844) over a number of days at the end of each summer semester.

Here are the results of the “Chinese Whispers” projects for 2018, with works by Laura Rizzo, Leonie Strecker, Laurenz Ulrich, Lambert Windges, Sebastian Fecke, Suhyun Park and Valentin Zuckmantel:



The Second Law > Morph

Step 1 > The Second Law by Max Mathews



Step 2 > Notation by Valentin Zuckmantel



Step 3 > Morph, a song by Sebastian Fecke
about the notation by Valentin Zuckmantel



Step 4 > Cover by Leonie Strecker for Morph




Us Three > One Way

Step 1 > Us Three by Horace Parlan Trio



2. Schritt > Notation von Lambert Windges



Step 3 > One Way, a song by Laura Rizzo
about the notation by Lambert Windges



Step 4 > Cover by Suhyun Park to One Way




Mistery Track > Top, Right, Left

Step 1 > Mistery Track by Johnny Moped 



Step 2 > Notation by Sebastian Fecke



Step 3 > Top, Right, Left, a song by Valentin Zuckmantel 
about the Notation by Sebastian Fecke



Step 4> Cover by Lambert Windges to Top, Right, Left




Funky Dung > Hands

Step 1 > Funky Dung by Pink Floyd



Step 2 > Notation by Laura Rizzo



Step 3 > Hands, a song by Laurenz Ulrich
about the Notation by Laura Rizzo



Step 4 > Cover by Sebastian Fecke for Hands




The Art of Being > Studie I / Spiegel

Step 1 > The Art of Being by Jon Balke & Oslo 13 



Step 2 > Notation by Suhyun Park



Step 3 > Studie I / Spiegel a song by Leonie Strecker
about the Notation by Suhyun Park



Step > Cover by Laurenz Ulrich for Studie 1 / Spiegel




Come With Us > RRRRR

Step 1 > Come With Us by Brian Eno & David Byrne 


Step 2: Notation by Laurenz Ulrich



Step 3: RRRRR, a song by Suhyun Park
about the Notation by Laurenz Ulrich



Step 4 > Cover by Valentin Zuckmantel for RRRRR




220+G > String

Step 1 > 220+G by Terekke



Step 2 > Notation by Leonie Strecker



Step 3 > String, a song by Lambert Windges
about the Notation by Leonie Strecker



Step 4 > Cover by Laura Rizzo for String


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