POZZO Maria isabel Rita
PATRICIA SAN MARTÍN; MARIA ISABEL POZZO
Lugar: Toronto; Año: 1994 p. 28 - 28
Armilla is a short musical work composed by music students in a first-year Ear Training class at an Argentine university. The Armilla project focuses on the process through which the teacher leads the student toward meaningful and reflective creation and re-creation (performance) of music. Simultaneous integration of the senses in the perception of any object occurs spontaneously in our minds. Taking this into account, and considering that our students would have no formal knowledge of music, the starting point of the musical discourse was to be one that would help students feel predisposed to create: painting, sculpture, literature and other non-musical activities. We suggested the text from Calvino´s Invisible Cities as one of the alternatives, and the group decided to work on "Armilla" -city number 3- because they felt strongly attracted to the fragment. After reading the text, students engaged in group discussions in which they described the sensations and images they experienced, analyzing the text from different points of view: structure, message, discourse, syntax. Graphs, drawing and narration were useful for each student in describing and restating those aspects which were most valuable according to their subjective perceptions. These impressions were translated into sonorities that happen to be present in everyday objects, which were then organized into syntactic arrangements. This process was enriched by listening analytically to contemporary pieces. During the discussion about what notation system to use, the dogmatic attitude that believes only one type of musical script to be viable was rejected. From this there arose the possibility that each student make an individual creative score. Translation of some of the original sonorities into electroacustic realizations was done with a digital synthesizer, trying out possibilities and listening to the results. The final product "suited" the students so well that they took it to other places and situations.