Open Space: SCRATCH at Walden Festival 2023

Musica, Impulse Centre (BE)

During Walden Festival 2023, Musica Impulscentrum presented an interactive musical experience for all visitors.

SCRATCH at Walden Festival 2023

Sounds Now’s Open Spaces are productions that directly engage the audience in the creative process. Local communities new to music work with a curating team to create a musical work . Although a quality artistic result is a goal, the priority is to create a meaningful musical experience for audiences. Open Spaces represent a safe zone for testing different techniques that will be re-tested in different cultural contexts.

During Walden Festival 2023, at the Solvay Library in Brussels (BE), SN partner Musica Impulscentrum presented an Open Space that was inspired by Scratch, a composition for three amplified balloons by Norwegian trumpet player Rolf Wallin. For this experience, Musica devised and built a unique instrument. Visitors were invited to take a seat at one of the “noise tables” and write a unique musical story with the other participants. If anyone was in lack of inspiration, musicians were on hand to get things started and even play along themselves.

Visitors could also participate at two workshops. Percussionist Wim Pelgrims shared some tricks of the trade and played along during a final tone moment.

Scratch Programme

11.30-13.45 hrs: open studio
13.45-14.15: workshop + show moment
14.15-15.45 hrs: open workshop
15.45-16.15 hrs: workshop + show time
16.15-18.00: open studio

Interested in participatory formats? Check out Musica’s past Open Spaces at Walden Festival: Imaginaria (2022) and The bEAST (2021)!