vectorscores is a new series of dynamic compositions by Seattle composer John Teske. The scores are written algorithmically so the works as a whole are crafted but the details are unique for each performance. The project is a continuation of John’s work with graphic scores and alternate notation systems and builds on the practice of algorithmic and generative music of the past six decades.
John has been exploring ways to express complex ideas to musicians given limitations on rehearsal time, funding, and location. With vectorscores, he is using web technology to create scores and parts for musicians that use animation to present musical material, generate and update parts in real-time, and allow a musician’s choices to influence other players’ parts.
vectorscores is iterative and transparent, with a public code repository and the latest progress published to the website. The project is a continual work in progress, with every rehearsal and performance helping the composer further shape the works and clarify notation.
vectorscores is supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.