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The Wug #3: Live at Ftarri, December 30, 2021

by Takumi Ikeda

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Takumi Ikeda wrote four new pieces for the concert celebrating the release of his CD "Musical Procedure." All of these pieces can include in the series Ikeda calls Musical Procedure. They were written in various (not common) notational styles, including pitch-only notation, vertical symbol sequences, written instructions, and video. Performers must use these scores to play their own music.

Our view of music is under the influence of modern recording technology. If music is something that can be recorded, can any musical experience be reduced to a recording? Recordings are nothing more than a low-dimensional cross-section of higher-dimensional structures. The idea that a score describes something to be heard is exceedingly modern and aural fundamentalist. Originally, musical scores described actions, not sounds. The idea will naturally influence the music being described. And it is impossible to say that the idea itself is not under the influence of recording technology. Musical Procedure may resemble music, but they are not necessarily music. In other words, they are not "procedural music.

Ιππάσου Επιτύμβιον [Tombeau de Hippase de Métaponte] (2021) for piano

Hippasus of Metapontum (Southern Italy in the modern era) was a Pythagorean scholar around the 5th century BCE. He was considered impious for discovering or publicizing the existence of irrational numbers and was thrown into the Mediterranean Sea and drowned by the same Pythagoreans. According to another legend, he was banished and had his tomb built without permission during his lifetime. The material of this piece is N-decimal notation of an irrational number, and only the pitch of the notes is written in the score. As for the note value, only its possible range is indicated. The performer can play the notes with note value and dynamics at the performer's discretion.

Vertical script (2021) for amplified trumpet & string piano

The trumpet part is notated vertically by five symbols (inspired by Hangul). The interval between symbols indicates the duration of the sound, but it should be understood relatively like ancient notation and not as a strict specification of duration. Each line is considered a sentence, and the performer could change the tempo from line to line. Rarely the string piano interferes.

Torch (2021) for trumpet, piano, melodica and sound files

Performers play using only three consecutive semitones, such as C-C#-D, etc. The title is derived from displaying torches in Rogue (1980), the early personal computer game; only the cells adjacent to the player character are shown on the screen. The sound files intervene in the performance impersonally as a fourth non-human performer.

Melodica Trio (2021) with video-score

Performers play any "fixed sound" while the rectangle flowing from right to left passes through the red line in the video. There are rectangles of two different colors, and the performer repeats the same "fixed sound" if the same color rectangle is repeated. And performer replaces the "fixed sound" with a different one each time the rectangle changes color. The moving speed of the rectangle varies according to a recurrence relation at times.

CD『Musical Procedure』の発売記念コンサートのために池田拓実は新曲を4曲書き下ろした。それらの作品は、いずれも池田が Musical Procedure と呼ぶ作品群に含まれる。新曲の楽譜は、音高のみの記譜、縦書きの記号列、指示書、ビデオなど、独自の様々な記譜法を用いている。演奏者はこれらの楽譜を使って自分自身の音楽を演奏しなければならない。

Ιππάσου Επιτύμβιον [ヒッパソスの墓] (2021) ―― ピアノ独奏


Vertical script (2021) ―― 増幅されたトランペットとピアノ


Torch (2021) ―― トランペット、ピアノ、鍵盤ハーモニカと音声ファイル

C-C#-Dなど、半音で連続する三つの音名のみを使って演奏する。タイトルはRogue (1980)における松明の表示(隣接するセルしか見えない)に因る。音声ファイルは非人間の第四奏者として、全く非人間的に演奏に介入する。

Melodica Trio (2021) ―― ビデオスコアによる鍵盤ハーモニカ三重奏



released February 3, 2023

All compositions by Takumi Ikeda

Shibatetsu: piano, melodica
Yusuke Morishita: trumpet, melodica
Takumi Ikeda: melodica

Recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, December 30, 2021
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Takumi Ikeda
Artwork by Akitsu Ikeda

The author would like to thank Professor Ioannis Zannos for his support.


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