This is the Santa Cruz chapter of the Immersion Composition Society.
Xray Lodge was founded as part of the Larger ICS in 2003 and carries on in the tradition, with composition tactics that have been put forward by the founders of ICS.
Here is a bit about it from the Main ICS site:
The Immersion Composition Society is an organization for songwriters and composers who think too much. One could almost say (as long as they laughed afterwards) that the ICS functions as a kind of Tortured Genius Anonymous for songwriters– an extreme musical subculture of songwriting games and secret listening parties, providing support and assistance to “talented basket cases and unmotivated visionaries” everywhere..
The ICS is a ring of songwriter lodges, which is sort of like a small, local secret society of musicians. The lodge exists as a way for all of the members to force themselves to write as much music as possible. The privacy and secrecy of a lodge are there so that while the lodge members are busy making as much music as possible, they can also feel especially free and uninhibited about it, in the manner of a person who knows that nobody is watching (except friends). The members of an ICS lodge have sworn to support and encourage each other completely. So, that’s nice.
The main thing that ICS lodges do is coordinate regularly to play their central speed-songwriting game, which takes place over the course of a single day.
It is called the “20-Song Game”.
It works like this:
1) Everyone who is playing the game wakes up on the same day, and, while remaining split up for most of the day, all of the players individually attempt to write and record as many new songs as possible before the day is over. In theory; they are all aiming for twenty songs. In practice; absolute chaos generally ensues.
2) At the end of the day, everyone in the lodge puts their session on a CD or cassette, and after pausing at a store to procure treats (very important) they all descend on a common location, where they have a lodge meeting; which is to say, a listening party where everyone listens to all of the music that everyone made, while braying in the manner of wild beasts.
While Xray has not entirely done away with attempting the 20-song game, we generally have taken to asynchronous composition games. The latest is a loose collaborative effort to write a song per week for 6-months. Why 6 months, you ask? Well, because it’s not so hard as Daniel Mollner‘s project of making a dance film per week for a year! But he inspired us.
I a while there will be an archive of past work, but right now all we have is the running log of the 6-month game.
Get in touch if you are inspired to join in! Click the contact link to do that.