Graphic Element from For RP2. Fingers flying across the keyboard and a hand with a cloth muting the piano strings.
Page 8 from Nighturts
Graphic element from Gestural Pitches.
A draft of ACCORDION FOR THE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE. that utilizes spatial notation.
I love the striking visual aspect of graphic scores. These four images express four different ways I've used graphic elements in my scores.
In For RP2, graphic elements were predominantly used as a reminder of text instructions.
In Nighturts, the lines were used as a way to show straight, abrupt, and parabolic increases and decreases in tempo and volume, as well as a way to simplify visuals using a cut-away score.
Gestural Pitches uses its graphic elements as a way of showing pitch information relative to previous pitches.
Lastly, I love the ambiguity, yet visual exactness, of spatial notation, which is why I used it in a draft of ACCORDION FOR THE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE. However, ultimately I decided to use more standard notation combined with the instructions “very free rhythm” and “approximately in time.”