The Graduated Process of Speaking Freely
Series ii:

Soundpainting is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual Artists. Presently (2016) the language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The creation of the composition is realized, by the Soundpainter, through the parameters of each set of signed gestures. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974.

“If this word ‘music’ is sacred and reserved for eighteenth and nineteenth century instruments, we can substitute a more meaningful term: organization of sound.” ~John Cage

Fully supported by a seasoned staff of local Jacksonville improvising musicians, the [neu]Sonics Music Initiativeis designed to promote the teaching and advancement of free/structured improvisational and composition to a musically curious individual, as well as providing group participatory experience; each contributing instructor has ample experience in the field of improvised jazz, sound structure, and composition, enabling the student a full grasp of how to further develop their individual voice on an instrument of limitless possibilities. Each series will focus on the general importance and methodology of how to incorporate the study of free improvisation, as well as specific ways to dictate how the techniques can be applied to interactive large group participation. Individual technique and development will be highly addressed, and attention can be applied to each student with options for private lessons, to help better refine their personal creative expectations; the importance of this particular form of all-inclusive, and highly collaborative series of music educational programming, cannot be understated.

"For me, playing is about playing with other people." ~Derek Bailey