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If you picked up recorder in primary school and cut your losses there, it’s time to forget everything you know about good boys deserving fruit all over again. Drawn from Sound, curated by local experimental music maven Cat Hope, is the first event in WA to be dedicated solely to one of the weirdest, most boundless artforms around: graphic notation.
Developed over the course of the 20th century by loonies and professionals alike, graphic scores do away with all that clef-quaver-breve nonsense, replacing old ways of writing out music with, well, anything. Visually, the scores arestrange, captivating works of art, and in practice, they free up both composer and performer from stuff like rhythm, notes and even time. Basically, graphic scores answer to no-one.
If that tickles your brainstem, this show is your Woodstock. A range of experienced musicians from here and overseas will perform Australian graphic scores, and there’ll be artist talks to shine a light on what’s going down. Drawn From Sound is living right on the edge of what performed music is and can be, which sounds pretty unmissable no matter how it’s written out.