Cage Variations III -­‐ Somerville Armory, 6/29/14

Your part is NOT an improvisation – you need to prepare a score before you arrive. 

Please refer to this website:

You will see a set of circles, some overlapping. If you get a page with very few overlapping circles, refresh the window until a pattern appears featuring one or more large clumps. 

Using this graphic: 

•    Find the largest intersecting clump of circles. You will use only these circles to determine your performance; ignore all the others.
•    Each circle within this clump corresponds to one event that you will perform.
•    For each circle in the clump, count the number of times it intersects other circles. This number determines the number of variables the associated event may have.
•    A variable is some parameter that may change during the lifespan of the event.

For example, this clump includes three circles, each of which intersects others four times. Therefore, the performer will execute three events, each featuring four clear changes during its execution. 

A musician might interpret the first circle as an event that clearly changes volume four times; the second circle might make an event that clearly changes volume once, timbre twice, and frequency once; the third might be something else. Dancers and other artists should use their own parameters. 

Consider using chance operations to make any decisions regarding your part.

Make a list:

•    Include one event for each circle in the clump.
•    Name the corresponding parameters that will change during each event.
•    Decide how you will perform each event.

Then, build a score that decides when you will perform each event, following these rules: 

•    The total length of the performance is 90 minutes.
•    You must decide the clock time when each event starts and stops.
•    You may be active for no more than 40 total minutes.
•    You may be active for no more than 10 continuous minutes.
•    Between events, you must remain inactive for at least 5 minutes.
•    At 85:00, we will introduce a recording of one of Lou Cohen’s final performances.
•    No one must be active after 86:00.

There is a noise ordinance  – you will need to adjust softer if your event is louder than that of three of your neighbors. If you can hear everyone else in the room, you are on the right track. 

Power is limited – if you can perform without electricity, please do so. If you require amplification, you must bring your own speakers, cables, power strips, and extension cords.  

You need to bring a clock to keep track of elapsed time during the performance.