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The British version of Fluxus was The Scratch Orchestra led by Cornelius Cardew who’s ‘The Great Learning’ is a series of instruction score. John White’s ‘Newspaper Read Machine’ is a fascinating example of how instruction score show’s creative process. In America the experimental approach continued in work by Daniel Goode and his one page scores. Sorry this has turned into a stream of possible connections. Hopefully it’s useful in provoking a visit to the record shop or library or a few hours googling.
“Harmolodic allows a person to use a multiplicity of elements to express more than one direction at a time."
I hope that the thoughts and connections I’ve put together here could possibly be Harmolodic. When Ornette talks about Harmolodics I think he’s talking about the creative process. It’s the continuity of action and experience that can pull disparate things together, be they musical pitches or different people from different places and traditions; to be together and to make music. This is what for me is at the centre of Ornette Colemen’s life, music and idea.
Sources Ornette Coleman his life and Music by Peter Niklas Wilson (Berkeley Hills Books 2002) Music in a New Found Land by Wilfrid Mellers ( Barrie and Rockliff 1964) Fluxus Source Book ed Ken Friedman Owen Smith Lauren Sawchyn (Performance Reseach Publications 2002) Thanks to Neil Quintin, Cameron Reynolds (Learning & Participation (Music) at the South Bank Centre) and Dominic Murcott (Head of Compostion) at Trinity Laban for making it all possible.
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