Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, Red Note Ensemble have investigated four very different personal relationships to sound. This collective of musicians explored the sound sensitivities of people with profound autism and additional support needs. They have begun to work with responses to sound; pitch, tone, rhythm, tempo, space and timing. They discovered that by encouraging improvisation, new forms of conversation emerged.
In the next stage of their project, composers will collaborate with individuals and musicians to ‘score’ these conversations, where equity of involvement, empathy, observation and experimentation form the basis of a new composition.
This will challenge our understanding of the role of the audience within the making and performance of music.