listening, typing, projecting for two or more people | luke martin January 2016
this piece may:
be of any duration
occur at any time (during other pieces, in between other pieces, as its own piece, or not as a piece)
have at least two people involved
is to listen and type, on a computer or similar device, every unintentional sound heard in a space (the sounds do not need to originate in the space). the writing should be as objective as possible – that is, with as little extra-descriptive or dramatic input as possible. the typing should be done quietly and inconspicuously. there should be nothing dramatic about the performance.
each person – if strongly compelled to do so – may whisper, quietly and sparsely, certain phrases they type.
if microphones are available for each performer, they should be used. if they are used, they should be placed very close to the mouth so as to obscure or distort the quiet whispering.
the phrases should be separated by commas, no capitalization, no sentences/periods, font is book antiqua, font size appropriate/readable, text justified.
the text should be projected in a location visible to the audience. positioning and text appearance (color, background, etc.) should be discussed with the composer prior to performance. if that is not possible, it should be white text against a black/invisible background.
each performer will have their own seat, table, computer, and projector.
the total duration of the piece should be determined beforehand (a best guess is fine).
there will be two actions: do the task (listen, type, and project) or do not do the task (sit quietly).
timings are determined for each piece via chance procedures. for each person: a number is randomly generated between 1 and however many minutes the approximate length of the piece will be (if 2 hours, then between 1 and 120). The result of that, say 73, is then the total amount of random numbers to be randomly generated between 1 and however many seconds the approximate length of the piece will be (if 2 hours, then between 1 and 7200). Those numbers, ordered, are the final timings. A coin flip is used to determine whether or not the person listens, types, and projects to begin or not.
timings may either be remade for each performance (depending on the group size) or previous timings, used for previous pieces, may be used.