The Blue Effect (split here for convenience into parts 1 & 2) is a type of spontaneous 'game' piece where the performers movement through the scores is determined by predefined rules which are as follows:
The guitar part consists of 93 short phrases. Beginning at 1 the performer must complete the phrase before moving to the next in numerical order. The performance is over once the guitarist completes the 93rd phrase and places their instrument on the floor.
The electric bass part consists of several dozen phrases laid out on an A3 board. The starting position is indicated at the top left of the board. Once the performer has completed a phrase they are free to move to any adjacent phrase with an arrow pointing at it. The performer plays around the score until they see the guitarist place down their instrument, at which point the bass guitarist finishes their current phrase before also laying down their instrument.
More detailed instructions for how to play the phrases and interpret the notations can be found on the back of the scores. The game and chance elements of the scores are contingent to performers being unfamiliar with their layout, hence why they are not produced in full here. For this performance, made in September 2008, the performers were given 5mins beforehand to ensure they understood the instructions and notations.
The 'Reconsidered' version of The Blue Effect (tracks 3-11) was put together by Mark Bullock.
released September 25, 2014
Written by John Cormack Mackenzie
Guitar - Alex Nicholl. Electric Bass Guitar - Ben Thompson. Drums/Percussion - Mark Bullock
Photographs by Laura Jayne Grant
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