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Soundpainting: The Art of Live Composition
with instructional video 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 comprises all the gestures of Workbooks 1 and 2 plus additional gestures specific to dance and theatre. Soundpainting Workbook 4 – Soundpainting with Visual Artists will be available in the summer of 2018.

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Workbook 1               Workbook 2                    Workbook 3
Music – Level 1          Music – Level 2              Theatre & Dance – Level 1 and 2
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Soundpainting – A Language of Creativity For Music Educators

 

Workbook 1

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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 has an instructional video showing how each gesture is signed and what response it elicits. The support video is available to view at www.soundpainting.com on the Media page – it is the first video on the right-hand side of the page. The gestures in the video are signed by Walter Thompson and performed by the Walter Thompson Orchestra based in New York City










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Workbook 2

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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. Workbook 2 has an instructional video showing how each gesture is signed and what response it elicits. The support video is available to view at www.soundpainting.com on the Media page – it is the second video down on the right-hand side of the page. The gestures in the video are signed by Walter Thompson and performed by the Borderline Ensemble based in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the conclusion of the video is a performance by Walter Thompson with guest Soundpainter Jennifer Rahfeldt.










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Workbook 3

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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. The support video is available to view at www.soundpainting.com on the Media page – it is the third  video down on the right-hand side of the page. The gestures in the video are signed by Walter Thompson and performed by the Batik Soundpainting Orchestra (BSO) based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  At the end of the video is a performance by Walter Thompson and the BSO with guest Soundpainter Eric Chapelle.










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Soundpainting – A Language of Creativity For Music Educators

Soundpainting – A Language of Creativity For Music Educators – by Mark Harris and Walter Thompson (PDF 5MB) This workbork introduces Soundpainting to music directors and comprises the basic Soundpainting language as it pertains to music education in the United States.

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