Dictionary of percussive coordination

Huxtable, Jason ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7596-3122 (2019) Dictionary of percussive coordination. [Composition]


The output is a composition, ‘Dictionary of Percussive Coordination’, comprising rhythmic notation. Research process: The point of departure for this research was a philosophical investigation upon the nature of, essentially, what percussion playing is and how percussionists conceptualise their activity. This enquiry led to a conception of percussion-playing as the activation of a potentially finite set of interactions across two limbs which interact with time and space. The research seeks to catalogue all the possible interactions, or kinetic ‘letters’, two limbs can encounter within specified parameters: • Occur within one Crotchet (1/4 note) beat. • Use either triplet quaver (1/8th note) or semiquaver (1/16th note) subdivisions. • Use two dynamic positions: pronounced, unpronounced. The systematic integration of these motion coordinations provide artist percussionists with all the possible units of coordination within these specified parameters. Research insight: Drumming is ‘Dance’; an artistic interaction within time and space curating a set of motions which interact with a range of surfaces for the purpose of sound production and emotional communication. Codifying these motions within a single text contributes to our discipline through an alternative conception of what the percussive ‘rudiments’ essentially are and how they can be expressed. Freedom of motion and artistic expression develops as kinetic language is identified, internalised and activated. We ‘speak’ what is possible to speak. Our aim is to speak with freedom, clarity and eloquence. This aim of this text is to develop motion coordination vocabulary and eloquence of activation. Dissemination: This composition is used as a teaching resource and disseminated amongst Leeds Arts University students.

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