Select a blossom
You can select a blossom either deliberately or randomly.
Currently there are 6 blossom types available in the catalog and they come pre-rendered on the blossom staff.
Catalog of blossoms
Below is a blank staff (version 2, 2015):
Select or build a scale
- Choose any scale you like, whether deliberately or randomly. (You may also choose notes to build your scale.)
- Write down the notes of your chosen scale in the staff’s note wells (lower notes below, higher notes above).
- You may adjust the notes of your chosen scale up or down the staff. This produces different and interesting results.
It would help (for sight-reading later on) to write the note names beside each puncture.
Select seeds and/or buds
Look for seeds and/or buds that make up the blossom.
Select the best ones and draw them in the smaller staffs.
Chosen seeds must have three distinct notes; buds must have four. Depending on the blossom type some seeds and buds may have re-occuring notes. Same notes that are an octave apart are allowed.
"Wave Blossom; A-Minor Locrian", thread and pencil on acid-free paper, 2015. Collection of the artist.
Above is an example of a prepared Tahigami staff (or music sheet). It uses a Wave Blossom; the chosen scale is A-Minor Locrian; and there are 7 seeds selected. Chords and melodies have also been notated (see TMS Protonotation).
Watch this video on Vimeo to see/hear the Wave Blossom above.