„The wind rustles gently through the still-young leaves of an old tree where a flock of sparrows chirps excitedly, the computer hums softly, the keyboard rattles under fast-moving fingers, seagulls screech distantly.“
In a sound walk determined by a chance operation, we open our ears to the world of sounds around us, in the process everyday experiences and situations are opened up anew through conscious listening. Variations is an invitation to pause and listen to the sound of the city inspired by the thoughts of John Cage – an incitement to listen.
A MANUAL FOR LISTENING
Based on the random operation of the John Cage piece Variations IV, which was played for the film Everybody’s Cage in New York, an individual path for the Sound Walk is created. At the beginning, a map of a country or city is set to a certain geographical area, whereby the size of the playing field defines the duration and scope of the game. A transparent foil is placed over it. The larger the playing field is, the longer the Sound Walk lasts. A circle is placed somewhere on the map and defines the starting point. Four points are randomly distributed on the map and connected to the circle with the help of straight lines. They define the four movements of the piece.
After this preparation, the Sound Walk begins at the starting point and points on the map are visited one by one. The participants are encouraged to draw, photograph, write, collect, or simply listen.