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Frequently Asked Questions

In C - music in quarantine

In C music in quarantine is a project initiated by violinist Joseph Puglia and Asko|Schönberg. Everyone is welcome to join the online play along! Find the most Frequently Asked Questions here. Can't find the answer to your question? Contact us at info@askoschoenberg.nl

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When can I join the project?

The play along video will go live on 10 June. From that date onwards you can send us your contribution.

I want to join the recording. What can I use to record?

Anything you have, as long as you can record 45 minutes in a single take.

I have recorded myself playing. How can I send you the files? 

As the files are often quite big, we recommend uploading the file to www.wetransfer.com and sending it to info@askoschoenberg.nl.

I don’t play a string or brass instrument.  Can I join this recording?

Yes!  Everyone is welcome. Every single instrument can play along. Even if you play kazoo.

What if something is too hard for me to play?

Terry Riley suggests that you can leave that figure out.  Just stop playing and wait until you hear people going on to a figure that you are more comfortable playing.

Do I need to play for 45 minutes straight?

You need to record for 45 minutes straight.  But you don’t need to play continuously. Stopping and listening is often very useful in this piece.  It allows different textures to build up over time through different combinations of instruments.

Which figures do I play?

Start at #1, then #2, then #3, etc.

How do I know when to go on to the next figure?

You can go on whenever you like, however, we should always try to be within 2-3 figures of each other.  So you should listen carefully to make sure you are not too far ahead or behind.

What dynamic should I play?

You can play whatever dynamic you like.  Keep in mind that we are having a musical conversation, and just like a normal conversation, it’s good to respond and react to the volume and tone of voice that others have around you.

Can I transpose the octave of a certain figure?

Yes, you are allowed to play an entire figure in any octave you choose.

Where is the downbeat?

This piece works a bit differently.  The eighth note pulse remains constant throughout (that is the sound you hear that is like a click track).  But there are no vertical ‘bar lines’ like in normal music.  Each player plays each figure independently – as long as you stay with the “click”, you are OK!

Are some of the 8th and 16th note figures (for example, #39) triplets? Or do the note values stay the same?

The 8th and 16th note pulse always stay the same length throughout – there are no triplets in this piece. For example, the length of figure #39 equals 3 eighth notes in total (six 16th notes = three 8th notes).