Among the extraordinary artists enriching the New Media Art & Sound Summit 2017 was Sarah Belle Reid. Performing in three very different sets—a solo set featuring modular synth and augmented trumpet, a trio with two electronicists she had met earlier in the afternoon, and a duo with a telematically present collaborator in Los Angeles—her contribution would have been large on this basis alone. In addition to her performances, Ms. Reid also presented a workshop on “visual scores,” which is shorthand for one approach to nonstandard notation associated with experimental music. The performances were inspiring, as was the workshop.
One of my favorite aspects of NMASS is a lack of walls between artists, volunteers and audience, which proved true for this sometime volunteer/sometime auditor, as I enjoyed the opportunity to visit casually with Sarah more than once over the weekend. An upshot of her workshop and our subsequent conversation was that she invited me to participate in The Postcard Project, a distributed collaboration designed for her Patreon patrons. “Beyond thrilled” aptly describes my reaction. Look for a more detailed post once I have completed my part in the project. For now, I check off the first instruction, which is to post an image of the visual score, “Moth,” composed by Sarah Belle Reid as my part to interpret.
For the record, I give Sarah’s participation in NMASS 2017 a rating of five star cool. Open, engaging, brilliant, innovative, she stirred thoughts into motion here at HQ that continue to range across conceptual boundaries.