FSSScores #8 : Reuben Jelleyman


FSSScores #8

[performed 16 April 2016 at Bread & Salt Art Gallery, San Diego CA]


Candlelight : Kirsten Strom


Lights off.

1. A performer enters humming a Bb at any octave, bearing a lit candle. They come to stand at centre stage.

2. Once their position is reached, the humming is changed to a whistle. This signals the next performer to enter, humming the next partial in the overtone series at any octave, then changing to a whistle. They would come to stand on the right of the first performer.

3. The third performer would enter at the second performer’s timbral shift, humming the next partial at any octave and coming to stand on the first performer’s left, and so on, each performer alternating which side to stand on and forming an open circle towards the audience, the performers slightly facing inwards at the edges. Once established in their respective places, the performers should alternate freely and independently between humming and whistling.

4. Once the first five performers are positioned onstage, each onstage performer from then on is also to alternate freely between octaves on their respective pitch classes.

5. The eighth performer is to enter singing, introducing this as an alternating timbre.

The piece is to last as long as the candle is lit (preferably burning out naturally, but blown or snuffed out if necessary). If the candle extinguishes unexpectedly the performers are to switch suddenly to a shhhh sound, gradually growing silent from the last to enter to the first to enter.

Otherwise, the first performer should signal (seeing the candle burning low, or on their own initiative) by taking up a shhh sound that is carried in a wave through neighbouring performers to both edges of the open circle while the more central performers resume their singing, humming and whistling. The performers switch to a shhh sound and gradually fall silent, beginning with the last to enter and working backwards until only the first performer hums a fixed Bb, then switches to a shhh (here the candle would be extinguished) before complete silence.

Use as many performers as necessary, between 8 and 12.

Each initial timbral shift or entry should take place after about 4 seconds, except the first performer, who should take their time to reach the centre of the stage.

Dizzy Bat : Todd Moellenberg


The performer arranges percussion instruments in a complete circle around themself (any number and any kind of instrument, so long as they form a circle and at least one xylophone is included). The performer hits each instrument in clockwise succession at a fast, metronomic pace, enough to get dizzy, for 30-38 seconds (with multi-pitched keyboard instruments, hit only one pitch/chord/cluster before moving on to the next instrument in succession). After this duration, the performer immediately turns to a xylophone installed in the circle and plays the Porgy and Bess xylophone excerpt at tempo (ca. 25 seconds).



1. Sitúa pequeñas tarjetas con 5 números cada una junto con los programas de mano.

2. Sitúo numerosos bolígrafos/lápices/rotuladores junto con los programas de mano.

3. En cierto momento específico de la experiencia de concierto usa un juego de mesa que imite el BINGO.

4. Repite la experiencia tantas veces deseadas.

– Carlota Cáceres