Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Jerome played an original song he composed, a romantic ballad (I can’t remember the lyrics or what the song was about at the moment), then played another original composition, not quite a song but a collaboration he did with a poet. From here, Jerome discussed his work as a musician in Kuala Lumpur, his challenges regarding other people’s perception of what music he should be doing (an offshoot from the discussion on tradition with Latai) and how he collaborates with other artists. The other participants inquire about his process, whether lyrics were written before the music, and comment on how some songs lose their poignancy or depth when translated into English.
For Jerome, music completes the experience of a work, in the way that a soundtrack completes the experience of everyday life.
Some of the choreographers discuss how they use the music in their practice, including Vicki’s recent collaboration wherein she wrote text as a rap. She also shares that when she uses music, usually when she makes “dancey dance,” she often makes sounds to punctuate the choreography and her dancers mimic the sounds when they dance as well. Sometimes her dancers count her music, which she’s not fond of because she doesn’t count the music herself.
Latai shares that it seems that in contemporary dance practice, music isn’t part of the context, though Fitri describes how she develops music and dance together in a project she did in West Sulawesi, describing it as being a long, slow process.
Doris is asked if music affects her scenography. She says it’s a consideration but never explained in words.
Margie brings up Jerome’s email of suggested activities for this laboratory and he enumerates them, including a vegemite and wasabi sandwich and to create a dish called Cross Cultural Collaboration, which prompts people to volunteer him to cook over the next few days. He also wants to capture the soundscape of Bundanon and see how this can be used in an art work, mentioning he brought a mobile multi-track recorder and has already started recording in various areas.