Graphic Scores, pens, pencils & paper

February 6, 2013


Lisle’s 40th present…

The more I rely on computers to mix and master my music, the more I’m drawn back to pens, pencils, thick bonded paper, Moleskine notebooks, graphite pencils and watercolour blocks. As Marilyn Monroe said; ‘To think in ink..’.

There’s nothing like taking a line for a walk and feeling the resistance of the paper and the give of the pen to swerve you off into a more interesting place than you would have gone in the world of Qwerty.

I was cleaning my desk and I pulled out a copy of a piece I’d transcribed for a friend’s 40th. He’s a Geordie, so it’s an arrangement of ‘Oh Come ye from Newcastle’. He always wears strong glasses and a a cap, and as I was writing, my pen started to veer off into a picture of him..

From there it was a slippery slope to writing in terrible puns in the directions, Da Capo for the return to the baseball cap, the tricky bit along the chin is marked rather hairy, the chords on the mouth are marked as a drone…

I think the medieval calligraphers would have made a better fist of this, but it made him laugh…

[Let me know of any other picture scores in the comments & I can add them in]


© Philip Sheppard 2013

7 comments on “Graphic Scores, pens, pencils & paper

  1. Artists & Acoustic Adventures! on

    super cool! really like the picture score. so creative. I’m a singer/songwritier, and Im with you about retreating to the good old tools of the trade instead of the digital buttons! the world dictates that we play ball with technology unfortunately. i actually just started a video blog discussing the evolution of arts culture/creative process (from my perspective as a musician). Thanks for sharing. i look forward to seeing more of your picture scores!


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