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A stack of four tactile graphic scores/notations placed on a table. Right index, middle, and ring fingers are tracing the embossed graphics of the top score.

Embodied Music Club

tactile graphic scores, audio-recorded score interpretations, sound captions in visual & braille, and participatory performance,


Creator Jay Afrisando


Score Interpreters Andy Slater, Leyna Marika Papach, Daniel Furuta, Cahya Haniva


Sound Captioner Jay Afrisando


Scores & Sound Captions Printed by Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

How does music emerge after the end of ableism, audism, visualism, and colonizing & authoritarian music practices? Through Embodied Music Club, visitors will experience tactile, aural, and visual music-making. This work is an invitation to activate the whole body as a listening tool, center the body in music-making, and champion empathetic-inclusive experiences that situate music in shared listening and complex interspecies relationships.

Instructions (for the installation)

Do all or any of these directions according to your bodily conditions: Feel the four tactile scores/notations using your fingers, then interpret them in any manner to create music in your mind. Listen to four interpreters’ recorded interpretations of all the scores using headphones. Read the sound captions of the recorded interpretations in the visual and braille typefaces.

Instructions (for the performance)

Participate in this fun, cozy participatory performance regardless of your bodily and musical ability. Grab a seat (or stand if you’d like). Enjoy reading the tactile graphic scores/notations through touch and interpret the scores using any instrument (for example, voice or sign language) in any manner. There is no right or wrong in reading and interpreting the scores. More detailed instructions are delivered in the performance.

Created by Jay Afrisando, an artist and researcher working on aural diversity, acoustic ecology, and cultural identity.

Scores interpreted by Andy Slater, a Chicago-based blind media artist, composer, and teaching artist; Leyna Marika Papach, an interdisciplinary composer from Japan and the United States who has presbyopia; Daniel Furuta, a musician and a researcher at the University of Minnesota Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering who has myopia; and Cahya Haniva, a nonmusician and a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota Family Social Science with a ‘normal’ vision.

Sound captions by Jay Afrisando.

Scores and captions printed by Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Audio-Recorded Score Interpretations

Score 01
00:00 / 01:59
Score 02
00:00 / 01:59
Score 03
00:00 / 01:52
Score 04
00:00 / 01:44

Sound Captions for the Audio-Recorded Score Interpretations

Score 01

Andy Slater (voice):
[a robot bee flies around your head,
bumping your head, hitting turbulence,
then whooshes like a rocket, and finally stings!]

Leyna Marika Papach (violin):
[a vibrating ribbon stretching, zigzagging,
whirling, skygliding, fracturing, whining,
fragmenting, then diminishing]

Daniel Furuta (cello):
[a car racing. crashes. engine failing.
starting again. engine low rumbling.
struggling. low rumbling. becoming a monster.]

Cahya Haniva (voice):
[a roller coaster of lalalalah lah
doo boo doo boo doo laaaah la la
too too toot boo roo boo roo broo la daaaaaah]


Score 02

Andy Slater (voice):
[high-speed cooking:
boiling bubbles and chopping,
poured sauce, repeated tasting,
intense sizzzzling, finished]

Leyna Marika Papach (violin):
[thin howling wind,
wind mourning.
leaves spinning, then falling]

Daniel Furuta (sleigh bell, celesta, glockenspiel):
[happening simultaneously:
a jingling tree and
random stars popping up]

Cahya Haniva (voice):
[a playground: tink-tink-tink boom
boom BOOM BOOM—doozzzz-citroozzz
droozzz dooroozz—chweeheeeheee—
shsss hzzz shsssss BOOM boom boom]


Score 03

Andy Slater (voice):
[city noise: wailing cable, vehicle horn, buzzing,
bus door fizzzz, window knocked 2x,
slurrrp, zzzzz…zZUB! SH-SH-Sh-sh-sh,
motorbike starting, slurrrping iced cube]

Leyna Marika Papach (violin):
[like walking to avoid laser beams:
at times shivering, unsteady, firm, tight,
wobbly, shaking, trembly, easy, easy, … jump!]

Daniel Furuta (cello):
[cartoonic chase: twisting run, bouncing, swirling cord,
dragged door, slo mo scream, panic hiding, nosy hunt,
gotcha, scared, knock and bang!]

Cahya Haniva (voice):
[baby talk: sirene, boo boo hum, swelling, arrow whizzz,
another sirene, babywalking, spinning, another sirene,
whoosh, another spin, whoosh, puffing]


Score 04

Andy Slater (voice):
[falling hmmm. falling daah. low grrr. soft huh.
gasping oohh! short hahaa. softer huhumm.
weak hrrrrrrrr. faint huhm. loud belly laugh.
curly troll laugh. four whistles.]

Leyna Marika Papach (violin):
[changing music: upbeat, simple. dashes, declining.
rough, rapid. rising, short.
slight pause. rising & pulsating. slight pause. fall off.]

Daniel Furuta (gendèr):
[stepping notes: muddy. clean. sharp. clean multiple.
sharp-soft. very sharp. clean. sharp-sharp-soft.
sharp+clean. sharp and soft-to-loud]

Cahya Haniva (voice):
[raised hmmm. flat hehee. raised uhmm. low hmmm.
wavy hmmm. laddery hmm. laugh heeheehee. hoooh!
calm hmmm. wavy weeeee. wavy boommm.
curly hmmphoohmmphoohmm.]

exhibition & participatory performance
Sound Scene 2023: After the End, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, US on 3-4 June 2023.

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