I first heard John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano from an old record in my college library. I was a bit disappointed to learn later that Cage was solving a particular problem with this technique in the late 1930's: to achieve percussive music with only a piano available at the music hall where he was commissioned to play, and to expand that instrument's repetoire of sounds. I had thought that the purpose was to embrace anarchy and chaos, and to torment the performer with a disconnection between the sounds professionally anticipated and the sounds produceda therapy induced by frustration and helplessness. I prefer to rest upon my own misinterpretation.
The GAG installment of ASCII will be an outdoor collection of prepared wind chimes. The chimes may be audible or inaudiblewhichever is deemed most appropriate.
Sarah Beth Woods
Mindy Rose Schwartz
George John Larson
Kyle Davison + Vesna Jovanovic
For the closing of ASCII 8, I have propose that each wind chime be shown in a state of extreme age acceleration.