Monday, November 19, 2007

intermission piece...

for one or more players

this piece is for performance during intermission at any concert situation. it is thought (or hoped) that a major portion of the audience in attendance will be outside the performing area - physically or conceptually - smoking, chatting, etc. naturally, there are always a few people who will stick around. those may realize that a performance is under way and decide to be an audience, or to be indifferent, or be curious enough to wander into the performance area. they'll probably ask questions, and they may even participate in the performance. still others, of course, will never know.

the performer(s) situates himself in the performance area. he sits or stands, as is his custom, and makes quiet sounds. the amplitude spectrum is never to exceed "barely audible". the performance ends at the end of the intermission period.

harold budd, 1968, via source magazine

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3 Comments:

Anonymous billy g said...

I love this type of conceptual score, and is a great insight into Budd's development. Scores like this are also great artistic "excercises" - how would this translate to painting, video, or dance?

7:14 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

it's interesting because even thought the idea here is rooted in happenings, the "quiet sounds" and "barely audible" amplitude spectrum are clearly early ideas towards what budd would eventually create. in terms of other mediums, i think it's about two things - approach and presentation. using limitations/scores to generate works that will be "active" in a certain way. for years i made small paintings that i hoped would "perform" in ways similar to budd's ideas here - where the work could be entered or walked past, depending on the sensitivity of the viewer (of course, all paintings are situated in the world like this to a degree - but in the late 80's large heavy things were somewhat the norm, and these were intended to situate themselves in the world differently...)

6:28 AM  
Anonymous rob mullender said...

i was going to comment that it's very 1960's - but a good friend of mine writes pieces just like this! process music is alive and well and living in new cross, london.

12:05 PM  

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