This project is inspired in part by James Tenney's Postal Pieces, a series of 10 short pieces that Tenney composed for his friends. As a child I spent my summers at a cottage in Ontario with no internet or rapid means of communication. There was a mailbox at the end of the long dirt road that led to our cottage, and I remember that every time I received a letter from one of my friends it was like a treasure! I even had some pen-pals growing up who I never met in person, but we would exchange long handwritten letters and include recent school photos and stickers.
Needless to say, letter writing and snail mail are special to me. This project draws on these inspirations to create a collection of "musical conversations" via postcard.
Step 1) I compose a one-of-a-kind, handmade graphic score on the back of a postcard for each collaborator, inspired by our relationship, experiences, or mutual interests.
Step 2) I mail the postcards by regular post.
Step 3) The postcards arrive to their destination along with a series of instructions on how to complete the exchange. Collaborators make a recording of their performance and send back their own composition on the back of a new postcard. The conversation continues.
The Postcard Project is made possible through support of my Patron community. New collaborators are welcome! For more information on how to participate in the project, click here.