Saturday was a super long day. We started early with the second workshop, on notation and interpretation. As soon as we started it, we straight away went outside again, with an increased attention after the sounds of Rua dos Aranhas, which we had to take notes of. First, we did it freely, but in the meanwhile, we started incorporating the notation systems which kept emerging from the group's discussions into our sketchbooks. The conversation was remarkably fruitful and also counted with the participation of this Spanish tourist, Roberto, who loves contemporary music. It was yesterday that we were introduced to each other, when he told us he would come to the workshop, even though he had to go back to Spain tonight!
In the afternoon we wandered through squares, triangles and circles so to sharpen our compositional capacities and, to finish things off, we conjointly made a group piece. In the course of several phases, each of us kept generating granular material, which, step by step, became processed and crystallised on a A2 sized grid. The result was a composition, which we interpreted three times. Given the complexity we generated in harmonic, rhythmic and textural levels, we actually got a headache from doing it.
At the end of the workshop, we still managed to record both Marianas. Mariana Andrade brought us little percussion instruments, all of which could fit on one's hand. She interpreted (with some voice effects) a drawing, with the title 'Percussion?', whose size on the screen gradually diminished and so did her performance. Mariana B. Camacho decided not to use her melodic voice; to her mother's misfortune. Using with Portuguese phonetics, she read the transcription (in English) of an interview featuring a girl who was half Iranian half Iraqi, despite having been born in England and not knowing any of her origin's languages.
After PIPINOIR, we made it through to Daniel Melim's exhibition at Porta 33 [contemporary art non-commercial gallery in Funchal], who is showing his evocative sunny drawings, which we enjoyed very much. Yet, the day was not finished here. We still went to Ponta do Sol in order to listen to Anna Meredith and her band at the Estalagem [bespoke alternative music venue in west Madeira], whose concert we watched well excited on top of a dragon-tree. Returning to Funchal, our trip was not the most direct one. Our friends convinced us to go for some stargazing at Paúl da Serra [Madeira's largest geological plateau], but the waning moon was still strong enough to keep us from seeing constellations. The gasoline pointer, hitting the reserves, was accompanied with a bit of fear and some ecstasy; up and down, along our three-people electro-improv. Melim quite proudly called it 'Mixordia' [hodge-podge].
Photographs by Rui A. Camacho