I have decided to make a score that I will do a sound improvisation over the top of as ambient sound to the performance of the dancers and the films. I have chosen to use flute, piano and my voice with found sounds from trains creating the percussion. I chose to use music alongside as I think it is a good medium to use to evoke a mixture between nostalgia and uncertainty which is my experience aboard trains a lot of the time. I thought using flutes could relate to the mechanical sound of train horns.
After doing a totally unstructured improvisation, I first combined all these layers to get a basic idea of what sounded effective in terms of combining the 3 instruments: Voice, piano and flute. I chose these three instruments:
- Piano to me has a lot of nostalgic meaning - (as it does to many people) from a domestic perspective and the idea of home and family.
- Flute also has this quality for me however it also has the ability to make train sounds that evoke the horn and the screeching of the metals on the tracks.
- Voice is the human element - I want to draw upon the human experience of trains as well as trains themselves - this blends the two things together. I like non-melodic singing as it creates more uncertainty and curiosity within the musical score which adheres with the complex layers and colours found in the video.
After this it has just been a process of fragmentation of all of the parts that work and then choosing an order for them to go in alongside the video. I don't want the piece to have a narrative necessarily - but I want the train journey to have a start and an end.