Sound Art, Minimalistic Improvisation (Etienne Nillesen)

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
8 minimum
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 90-minute session per week
Total contact hours
36 hours
Study load
104 hours

Form / content / level

Completion of the propaedeutic phase.
See Competencies Matrix.
Acquiring and developing ensemble playing skills in interdisciplinary working.
Relation to other modules
Related to the main subject module
Improvising together with material based on European and American minimalism.
Stretching conventional melodies creating a very slow movement. Creating different rhythmical layers in different tempos. Using and investigating extended techniques and looking in a different way at your instrument. Giving one note/ sound as much expression as possible, give it meaning.
Making music together in the moment and discussing it after words to get a better understanding of the spontaneous composition that you just played.
In other words, working on form, tension and release, energy, movement, rhythm, melody, communication, responsibility, extended techniques….
Making music that is beautiful, exciting, full of colours, composed in the moment by you and your fellow musicians!
Integrating other art forms and working interdisciplinary. How to communicate with other forms of Art in an exciting maybe even new way… having the possibility doing performances together at, for example, KunstLab and/or other places in and around Arnhem.
Mode(s) of instruction
Material & Tools
Student activity
Finding students from other arts forms to join the sessions.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the band instructor at the end of each semester.
Creativity, improvisation, rhythmic idioms, timing and tempo control, musical interaction, intonation, sound, interpretation, form principles, tonal balance, preparation, accompaniment, collaboration with other arts forms and attitude.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
Examination procedure
Written assessment by the instructor at the end of both semesters. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the rehearsals and public performances.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module allows students to extensively study interdiscilinary working. All relevant elements are discussed, in addition to more general aspects of ensemble playing.