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Music: More About Consemble
key information about this 'open source'-inspired compositional project
and ground rules
Consemble is an ongoing, open
compositions project launched by Chameleon Lectra
on July 14th 2007.
The project is overseen by Paul Ramsay.
Consemble is a non-profit making venture - material will
be available to all, for free, from this site.
The project has been inspired by the idea of 'open source'
in that people are invited to build collective compositions
(through the given framework).
There two kinds of Consemble: 'Open' and 'Invited' - 'Open'
are for participation by a general audience; 'Invited'
are for specific contributors. The majority will be 'Open'.
Once an 'Open' or 'Invited' Consemble reaches its licence
deadline, the Consemble will understood to be 'Completed'
and will be closed for submission but continue to be available
to be listened to.
No copyrighted material or material likely to offend will
be included in Consemble; however, the spirit is one of
Sounds submitted are under the jurisdiction of the person
who sent them. If there are any questions or problems,
the sender will be contacted via email for discussion.
Sounds will be removed at the request of the sender or
if they are found to breach copyright.
Every contributor will be credited on the relevant Consemble
page. Please include your name (or handle) and any links
to your own website, if required, in your email. Please
remember to specify the Consemble you are contributing
guidelines and observations
is in the spirit of Mail Art, Cornelius Cardew's 'Scratch
Orchestra' and the 'cut-up technique' of Tzara/Gysin/Burroughs
(no fixed narrative).
project does not seek to define 'music' or 'sound' as
necessarily separate or different terms. 'Sound' as referred
to in the rest of this text may also include 'music'.
the purposes of this project the terms 'Son' and 'sound'
are interchangeable (for more on PMusic terminology see
more about PMusic).
The maximum contribution per person per Consemble is 6
Sons; however, you are welcome to contribute to every
Send sounds in the form of MP3s if you can; AIFFS and
WAVS are also acceptable provided the size of each file
doesn't exceed 3MB.
keep the duration of Sons within the lengths specified
by the Consemble brief. Short sounds can be very effective.
first eight Consemble licenses (A, B, C, D, E, F, C2,
G) are now closed for submission but open for you to listen
to. New Consembles were issued on the 21st May, by invitation
(H, I, J) with one being open to all (K).
Each of the first eight Open Consembles (A, B, C, D, E,
F, C2, G) were begun with 6 initial Sons to initiate the
creative process, with room provided for 54 more, totalling
60. If and when the total number is exceeded, a new Consemble
under that licence will be created (as in the case of
Consemble: C1, Consemble: C2 etc.) Occasionally the potential
Son number may be increased, as in the case of Consemble
F (65) and Consemble C2 (78).
Each of the Open Consembles A, B, C, D, E, F, C2 and G
plays 5 simultaneous channels of randomly chosen Sons;
panning and volume are also randomised. This performative
information is also referred to as a 'Net' (see more
Consembles H, I, J, K have an increased number of potential
sons (78) and the Nets will also be develop in discussion
with the contributors.
The more sounds are added, the more the Consemble will
change and grow. You can influence the direction the Consemble
takes by sending your own contributions.
Contributions of visual material will invited as the Consembles
develop, beginning with Consemble K.
This project is still relatively new—let's see where
it leads. One possibility is that the Consembles eventually
form a collection, an 'album' of PMusic material. Feedback
assemble, compose, ensemble
PR - 24th May 2010
July 14th 2007)
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