Soundpainting: The Art of Live Composition
with instructional DVD included by Walter Thompson
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Soundpainting: The Art of Live Composition is a comprehensive study of Walter Thompson’s live composing sign language, Soundpainting. Workbook 1 is the first in the series and uses 43 gestures in the music discipline. Workbook 2 takes an in-depth approach to furthering your skills as a Soundpainter in the music discipline and comprises 75 additional gestures. Soundpainting Workbook 3 – For Actor and Dancers (available in November 2013) comprises all the gestures of Workbooks 1 and 2 plus additional gestures specific to dance and theatre. Soundpainting Workbook 4 – Multidisciplinary Soundpainting (available in July 2014) includes an additional 80 multidisciplinary gestures plus a section on Soundpainting with visual artists.
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Workbook 1 Workbook 2 Workbook 3
Music – Level 1 Music – Level 2 Theatre & Dance – Level 1 and 2
Through the series, Thompson clearly outlines how to use Soundpainting. Topics covered in Workbook 1 include an introduction to the structure of the Soundpainting language; how to prepare an ensemble for Soundpainting; the basic 43 gesture and what each one means, how to use them, and how to physically sign them. Workbook 1 includes an instructional DVD showing how each gesture is signed and what response it elicits. There is also a performance by Walter Thompson and The Walter Thompson Orchestra included on the DVD.
Soundpainting Workbook 2 – The Art of Live Composition is a continuation of the concepts in Workbook 1 as well as exploring new concepts and gestures. Workbook 2 also includes a more in-depth discussion of the Structure of Soundpainting, the usage of notated material – called Palettes in Soundpainting – an additional 75 gestures and more. A support DVD of all the gestures — performed by the Borderline Ensemble based in Copenhagen, Denmark – and a performance by Walter Thompson with guest Soundpainter Jennifer Rahfeldt is also included.
Soundpainting Workbook 3 – The Art of Live Composition for Theatre and Dance by Walter Thompson. Workbook 3 is a comprehensive study of the Soundpainting language comprising 135 gestures pertaining to theatre and dance. Workbook 3 is divided in Sections 1 and 2 with a direct relation to the gestures of Workbook 1 and 2 for Musicians. Though many of the gestures of Workbook 3 are the same as the gestures of Workbooks 1 and 2 the difference is they specifically address how the gestures are used with actors and dancers. Workbook 3 also includes additional gestures and concepts specific to theatre and dance. Workbook 3 includes a DVD showing how the gestures are signed and the responses they produce. Members of the The Batik Soundpainting Orchestra (BSO) perform on the DVD. At the end of the DVD is a performance where Soundpainter Eric Chapelle (Soundpainter for the BSO) joins Walter Thompson in the composition.