I would like to use human body sounds, most likely created by the mouth; but also any part of the body that my viewer would like to use. I want this piece to be a call and response performance in which the viewers are able to make sounds into a microphone, the sounds will then be looped and I will dance one repetitive motion to their sounds. Whatever sounds are created, I embody that sound with my repetitive motion.
There will be instructions on a stand next to the microphone telling the viewer to “create a bodily sound into the microphone”. However, they will not know that their sound will be looped. I am assuming people will catch on to the act, and then I am interested in allowing the viewers to become the composers and musicians in my piece. They are able to feed off of one another with their sounds, while also somewhat conducting my motions. I want the piece to unfold as an overlapping musical composition of the viewers. I want the listeners to listen with my body; therefore, comprehending the sounds with my movements. They will therefore use semantic and causal listening.
I would like this piece to be in an open room, maybe even a stage, and the sounds will be coming through speakers. I think the listeners backgrounds will play an interesting role in my piece. If they are musical and outgoing, they might create rhythmic sounds that relate to one another. But if they aren’t and more shy, they might just create a random noise unrelated to the last person. I am interested in how each performance of this piece will be different and how it may unfold according to whom my audience is. I plan on performing this piece multiple times to see what kind of compositions are created.
I am not sure yet the role of the looper. I am not sure if I want the looper to orchestrate when the listeners can create their sounds, or if they let each person make a sound as they please. This would change the piece greatly in terms of how long I repeat the movements.