Bardenas is a composition for variable ensemble and field recordings. The graphic score is composed of a series of twelve images and includes instructions for the performers.
An excerpt from Bardenas was included in The Tonebook, a collection of contemporary experimental graphic scores exploring the relationship of sound and image and published by Inpatient Press. Edited by Michael Anzuoni and Lea Bertucci, the project features contributions from: Morgan Evans-Weiler, Eli Keszler, Zeena Parkins, Stephen Vitiello, Kasey Fowler-Finn, Leila Bordreuil, Raven Chacon, Merche Blasco, Pat Spadine, Phill Niblock, Lea Bertucci, Elliott Sharp, Bhob Rainey, Anne Guthrie, Cory Bracken, Alan Courtis and Aki Onda.
Instructions for performers
Before the performance starts, different scores will be shuffled and assigned randomly to each musician. Instrumentalists choose a single pitch prior to the performance, which they maintain to the best of their ability for the duration of the piece. All performers and field recordings begin in unison. The linear notation of the score represents time horizontally from left to right, while the vertical fluctuations cue changes in timbre-texture, dynamics, or rhythm, as determined by the musician. Performers are free to switch from one of these elements to another, but should continue with that element until the next significant fluctuation in the line, at which point they can change. In the ideal performance scenario, the audience is seated in the center of the room with musicians spaced evenly around them, facing in. Each performer is amplified through a single speaker of the surround system, while the field recordings are distributed and spatialized among all the speakers.