Newspaper Reading Machine Experiment 1

Scores of Bodies Inspired by Composer John White

Workshop- Event- Performance as part of Newvolutions Festiva. An open workshop with non performers and performers, sharing John White’s experimental score making process/piece The Newspaper Reading Machine, collectively marking out a score and then performing it with 30 people.

The Newspaper Reading Machine, an experimental score making process/piece by composer John White. It uses the reading or speaking voice and one, selected newspaper article made up of 8 paragraphs, which provides ‘sound’ material and a structure. White overlays directions on how to read or rather perform the words in the article. This includes reading silently, mumbling or in a raised voice and replaces certain common words or grammar with emphatic exclamations of sounds such as ‘TIC’ or TUP’. Performers start and finish at different times, duration is variable, resulting in a random composition but unique score of voice and sound. There is no hard and fast way of performing the score, depending instead on interpretation and performer, as such the performance of this score is different every time.