Artwork #2: Musical Card Game

Instructions for this game (each player will go one at a time) :

  1. Shuffle your hand of 13 cards
  2. Draw the first three cards from the top to form a chord
    • If card is between 1-Q, the card’s note must be played in this chord
    • If the card is a King, you may select any note you would like to add to the chord
    • If the card is an Ace, you may replace the drawn chord with any chord you would like
      • Drawing an Ace immediately negates previously or future drawn cards for this chord
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 three times until you have your chord “progression”
  4. The player now has two minutes to create anything with the progression they have drawn
  5. All players will come together at the end of these two minutes to perform their composition to one another
  6. The players then decide on a winner

This musical game was greatly inspired by Takako Saito and her modifications to the game of chess. Pieces like her “Sound Chess” game got me to think about how I could manipulate traditional games into something that stimulates the senses. Similarly to that piece, I thought it would be a great challenge to incorporate something musical to a traditional game of cards. After having difficulty pairing instrumentation to an already existing game of cards, I decided it would be best to create a new one. I came up with this idea after sitting at my keyboard for a while and being stumped on where to start in terms of making a song. It then came to me that I could make a game where the deck of cards started the song for me. With this new random way of putting chords together, it is much easier to overcome writer’s block in a fun way.

Roommate playing this game:

Classmates playing this game:

Everyday Music Artwork

My music piece:

Score Instructions:

  1. Make music with everyday objects or events
  2. Record them
  3. Put them all together at the end of the day
  4. Listen to your day

Conclusion after a few trials:

When I first thought of my score, I believed I would be able to create a somewhat musical sounding piece using random objects or noises. Inspired by John Cage and his avant garde style of music, the idea was to be able to listen to how your day went or what you did. Instead it turned into a jumbled mess of random noises that are rather painful to listen to. Although the piece resulted in a jumbled mess, this jumbled mess somehow perfectly encapsulated a rather mundane day. From a relatively boring task like washing dishes, to my alarm clock blaring, this recording captures parts of my day that otherwise would’ve been easily forgotten if not for this art piece. I will continue to document more of these scores in the next few days so that I can compare my new scores to this iteration (they will also most likely end up as a jumbled mess).

“Instruments” in my recording:

  1. Typing on my keyboard
  2. Washing dishes
  3. Tapping pencil on my notebook
  4. Opening and closing fridge
  5. Alarm clock
  6. Coins spinning
  7. Roommate beatboxing
  8. Eggs on skillet