© 2013 by Keren Rosenbaum / Reflex Ensemble

ALP METHOD

ALP (Active Listening Playground) method is based on a series of simple exercises that create a safe environment where each participant finds space to discover and express an authentic voice while constructing personal and collective meaning. The method is internationally practiced and integrated into schools, academies, social organizations, communities and refugee camps around the world.
We compose an ever-increasing global community of active listeners using Reflexive Music and by creating distinctive Active Listening Playgrounds.  Rosenbaum has been commissioned to compose communities for art institutions, universities, and Not-for-Profit and commercial organizations. Each playground represents a unique event, specifically tailored to the needs of the community seeking composition.
We focus on finding instead of searching. We loop actions with reactions in a circular mode. Within the ALP Method we refer to this process as Reflexive Music. The “music” is everything that happens in the action, reaction, and the in-between. Here, the term “music” extends beyond what we know from the world of instruments, orchestras, or choirs. It refers to each movement, sound, and intention in the action-reaction event. ALP allows us to explore the possibilities within this space of action and reaction from multiple perspectives. We call this extended layering of perspectives the “I - YOU - WE - WORLD”.
 
Each individual in an ALP event has four choices: they can listen, they can lead, they can compose, they can perform or produce. With the ALP Tools we claim the freedom of choosing our own time and place to create, in a supportive and safe environment. This safety operates on three principles:
 
1) The freedom we find when we let go of our judgment of self and others;
2) The ease we find when we embrace our confusion as a positive state;
3) The delight we find in provoking mistakes and celebrating them. With the ALP Tools reconfigured as music scores we are able to practice both our strengths and weaknesses as observers, innovators and imitators.
 
We begin to experience a healthy balance between these fluid roles. We practice imitating, observing, initiating -  the stances which allow individuals and communities to form meaning and engage in heartfelt interaction.
 
The Playground is a literal metaphor for an environment in which each individual in a group can find a way to express, connect and play. With the ALP Tools we transform into leaders, develop creativity, work in a team, learn to let go, and become strong followers.

"Much like a music score it not about the plan but about a plan of planning"

 

REFLEXIVE MUSIC

VISUAL SCORE

An original and innovative notation technique used to create Reflexive Music. The Reflex Invisible Score, developed by composer, interdisciplinary artist and performer Keren Rosenbaum since 1992. The original arranging and scoring of events creates a surprising  integration of sound, visual play and physicality. The method also incorporates lighting, video, and interactive mediums in new technology.  The unfolding of the score allows for a simultaneity in multiple events that becomes a completely unique experience and opens up the boundaries of musical expression.

Using outside triggers such as earphone triggers visual triggers, movement triggers and others.

The invisible score notation requires of performers an improvisatory freedom in a very strict structural environment.  The performers follow internal inspirations to respond and engage in conversations and at the same time are interrupted by earphone triggers that force them into an invisible structure.

 

The triggered events are notated and allows a much advance manipulation of the composition and at the same time affects and influences the improvised outcome. This ongoing project has been successfully performed and practiced by Reflex Ensemble members as well as many performers and students around the world.  As a practice, it fascinates with its complexity and immediacy, and as a performance it is constantly surprising as it reveals the human-ness within structure.

 

The REFLEX INVISIBLE SCORE Technique became known when published in the Notations 21 book by Theresa Sauer in 2009. The original notation and scoring became the foundation of the REFLEXIVE MUSIC and the ALP Method (Active Listening Playground) is being taught and practiced in the Reflexive Music Academy founded by Composing Community Global Org. and performed worldwide.