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Andrew McMillan

blue sea, red sea, black sea, dead sea

for 2 grand pianos


1 old upright
5 improvisers (4 pianists + 1 percussionist)

&

PIANISTS

keep repeat

wide cluster held long


narrow cluster held long

wide cluster play short

cluster tremelo

narrow cluster play short

fast random notes one hand up and down keyboard

improvise random notes in a 'cascade' effect


from high to low with both hands

play strings with fingernail

play keys with hand

fist.

rub finger/object up and downstring(s)

elb.

arpegiate continuosly up and down chord


for the duration of the chord

objects - placed/played inside of piano when indicated

play with mallets insde piano

hand

place hand over strings

cue off 1st pianist

fast arpeggios start hi or low as directed,


descend down or up keyboard as directed

fast random notes both hands


crossing over up and down keyboard

1st pianist

cd's

play keys with fist or wrist

play keys with elbow

r.h.

play elbow
then drop wrist/fist
with right hand

l.h.

play wrist/fist
then drop elbow
with left hand

bells, gongs, cymbals

glass tube(s)

bubble wrap

tambourine
tibetan cymbals (small)

nylon or wire brushes


rub over strings

PERCUSSIONIST

rubber mallet

crowbar

hand drill

cue off 2nd pianist

claw hammer

lever off with crowbar

drilling

long handle
sledge hammer
chain - metalic link chain to be passed through
hole made by drill

2nd pianist

keep repeating

file/rasp

feather duster

wood saw
sawing

dusting
over piano

axe

87

blue sea

improvise changing large /thicksoft delicate atonal chords/clusters across both pianos wide ranges, all players on keys . cue of 2nd pianist
Move slowly at first in rhythmic unison, slowly accelerate. to indipendant rhythm.

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GRAND PIANO 1

strike metal frame


with mallet

3rd Pianist

move to back
of piano - play Tear fabric
at back of
w/ clusters
piano
strike back of
piano w/mallet
20''

old upright

cresc.

cresc.

lever/break off damper bar

more rapid random


chords/clusters

chords/clusters
descending

15''

F
tremolo

chords/clusters
descending

with hammer trem across


to claw hammer piano strings

U
{/

10''

ff

20''

fff

ff
cue timing for 4th pianist & perc.

ff

rapid & random notes/arpeggios


mid high register

more rapid random chords/clusters

gli
ss.

with mallet scrape


down random strings

mf

with crowbar
7
V

add L.H
rapid & random R.H notes/arpeggios
- (randomly under & over R.H.)
high register

more rapid random


chords/clusters

mf

1'10''

mf

cresc.

&

20''

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move to front
of piano

4th Pianist

~ ~

mf

low register

1'10''

2nd Pianist

cresc.

~ ~
ppp

play with cued


clusters

1st Pianist

e.g.

~
~

ppp

e.g.

mid high register

GRAND PIANO 2

old upright

ppp

&

accel.

mid low register

3rd Pianist

4th Pianist

high register

shorter chords/clusters,
accelerate.

move chords/clusters more


independently, accelerate

2nd Pianist

fff

trill - tremolo
(start as single notes expand to
wide clusters

O ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
O

ff

fff

2nd pianist

fff

ff

2nd pianist

ff
play low notes with hammer
in time with pianist 2&4 pedal notes

U
fff

30''

91

water drop/rain like notes mid range only


eg.

32

1st Pianist { &

strike tibetan cymbals spaciously


(cue saw tremellos where pos.)

&

2nd Pianist

add upper range

improvise with objects


inside piano - including
bubble wrap, bells, gongs etc...

place bells/gongs/cymbals
over strings played

pluck mid-upper range strings


spaciouse at first - slowly accel. untill 'glss'
e.g.

+ +

3rd Pianist &

4th Pianist

accel. poc a poco

weigh down sustain pedal


use brushes over lower strings

'tremello' all saws


by flexing suspended blades
w/prayer bells where pos.)

old upright / +
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50"

7 lever out some keys with crowbar


V
20"

Leaver out hammers

30"

20"

reduce back to
'drips' of notes

rit.

a 'rain' of notes - cascade like


use both hands over & under

eg.

&

add low range


over whole range

ff
mf
40

1st Pianist

7 from piano
V

&

randomly mute with hand and objects


notes played by player 1
(not already muted by objects)

2nd Pianist

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A

rit.

3rd Pianist

gliss finger naiil down upper - mid strings (harp-like)


gli
ss.
gli
ss.


&

ff
4th Pianist

old upright

?

{/

7 lever out remaining keys with crowbar


V
20"

30"

15"

10"

92

48

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1st Pianist

&
2nd Pianist

rub bubble wrap over lower strings


& crush/pop bubble wrap

gliss finger naiil down upper - mid strings


spacious - randomly

3rd Pianist


&

gliss

back to keyboard

back to keyboard

use brushes over lower strings

hand drill holes in soundboard

sus. pedal off

pull chain/rope through soundboard holes & strings

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romove objects from strings &


return to keyboard

20"

15"

dead sea

short sharp fragmented phrases using


elbows, hands & fists over full range of keyboard


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fist.

1st Pianist

hand

A .

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A

2nd Pianist

e.g

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inside piano fast percusive mallet strikes


over possible range improv. phrases with
constant rhythmic speed

REPEAT 3 TIMES
slight pause between repeats

cue off player 4 arpeggios.

e.g

glis

s.

gli
ss.

fragmented phrases with


elbows, fists, & hands

rapid & random R.H notes high register


&

improvise gliss (random direction/notes)


over possible range

61

e.g
elb.

gl
iss

95

add L.H (randomly under & over R.H.)

e.g
elb. fist. hand

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A

3rd Pianist

A
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ascending arpeggios up keyboard alternating hands - any random pitches

tremolo

ff

old upright

bottom end tremelos interrupt with lower middle


fast ascending 2 hand apeggios

4th Pianist

cue off player 3


elbow, fist & hand

strike piano with sledge hammer

/ Y

Repeat strikes with sledgehammer - very violent and loud


around body, on soundboard & strings

20"

10"