Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence – Show Design

This would be the first production of a field show with a flying start. The flying start is the arrangement of John Cage’s 4’33, which, if you haven’t heard it, is complete silence (or better, the music is the sounds that are created in the space of the given time). The field show would use this flying start to mime a marching show with horns up and doing drill, including a park and blow section with drumline and pit air drumming over their instruments and the guard is spinning. This intro is concluded with what appears to be a big chord (but is still silence).  The next section of the production (after being introduced by the announcer) is a horn duet that simply plays the beginning of The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, arranged by Acoustix (slowed down considerably), to which the audience should recognize and bring the previous intro and the whole theme to a great start. The arrangement of this song would exaggerate the silences between the final impact chords and where the final words “…of silence” are played by the melody. This production can give your full show a lot of potential!

 

Audio: 4’33 by John Cage, The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel (arranged by Acoustix)

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