VCS Radio Symphony - Musical Abstraction Project
(completed June and July 2020)
Dwinell Grant's movie, Themis (1940)
About the project -- As the coronavirus shelter-in-place had disrupted our regular orchestra classes and rehearsals, we've had to look for unique ways to find creative outlets for our excellent students. There was a curious, experimental film created without sound in 1940 by abstract artist, Dwinell Grant. I've tasked some of my students to develop a musical score by performing an instant solo to film's imagery. It consists of each student's composed digital background and a piece of abstract improvised music representing what they saw on the screen. We got some fun results.
Here are the performances with each student's unique abstract composition for the same mysterious movie. Each film is under four minutes: