Michael James Olson
Preludium is a piece that explores the limits of graphic notation. the instructions given to the performers are as follows:
1. Black = silence
2. white or light hued moving images represent long duration sounds.
3. dark or vibrantly hued moving images represent short duration sounds.
4. pitch is determined by the performers interpretation of the gestural movement of the images.
Each performer or group of performers is given a quadrant of the screen to interpret.
While graphic notation has existed since the middle ages, Preludium seeks to incorporate an impressionistic visual experience within a results-oriented environment, where interpretation is open to both performers and audiences alike.