Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fire Song from Jackson TWP Land Lab

Andrew Meyer playing 'Fire Song,' an original, largely improvisational piece at the Jackson TWP Land Lab in Canton, OH. The piece contains two main themes, and three improvisational sections. Also used are many microtones and two multi-phonics.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Blue Hen Falls Duets

These improvised duets come from Blue Hen Falls, in the Cuyahoga Valley, near Peninsula, OH. Jenna Barvitski, Violin; Andrew Meyer, Saxo.

While improvising near the waterfall, Jenna observed that distinct rhythms seemed to come out in the sound of the water falling as different timbres and textures were created. Due to the large amount of rock the sound seemed to fill the area and was thrown right back along with the sounds of the water.

In another location, further up into the woods, the sound was drastically different. There was still a natural reverb, possibly even more than when surrounded by rock at the waterfall, but with a different quality. In this location the sound was more fleeting and seemed to go out into the landscape for as far as it could be heard before dissipating.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Three Shorties from Sand Run

Here are three short pieces that were improvised at Sand Run in Akron, OH. The first one ends with a large section of a tree falling just behind the camera.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Morning Improvisations from Virginia Kendall Ledges

One of the best things about living in North-East Ohio is our proximity to nature. For many of us, nature is as close as the undeveloped, wooded areas near our homes, or local parks. For others it means the Cuyahoga Valley or Metro parks systems. Wherever we choose to go, we need not travel far.

This morning I found this spot in Virginia Kendall Ledges Park.

I spent about an hour and a half improvising freely, enjoying the reverberations from the rocks. For me, space in music seems to take on a different weight when the performance is done out of doors.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcome to PINE Collective!!! {Performance In Natural Environments}

Hello all. PINE Collective was originally created in 2006 or so in Youngstown, OH by Andrew Meyer and Kyle Farrell in order to encourage the ideal set out in the name. PINE stands for Performance In Natural Environments.

The ideal of the PINE collective is simple; to take music and other performance out into natural environments.

"A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors, where there is no house and no housekeeper."


PINE collective wants you to join!!!!!

We are not a group of elitists or extremists, just people dedicated to the promotion of performance in natural environments.

****In order to join, we ask that you complete at least one performance in any natural environment of your choosing and write a little bit about it. This will then be posted on the blog. Also, any photos or video you provide will be posted as well.****

We aren't making any membership jackets or anything like that, but you will have done something cool, thought and written about it, and posted it on the site for like-minded people to see. Hopefully we can create a dialogue here where we can share our experiences as performers working in natural environments.

Please take the time to participate in this project, even if it means simply spending some time improvising by yourself in a natural environment and then reflecting on that experience.

Nature can provide so many interesting dimensions to performance. From the sounds occurring in an environment and the natural light to the way sound reverberates and wraps around the landscape, there are many elements that are distinct to a single location, and a single performance.

There are silences so deep
you can hear
the journeys of the soul,
enormous footsteps
downward in a freezing earth.

                        -John Haines

"Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating."

       -John Cage