Steve Reich (*1936): Pendulum Music, for Microphones, Amplifiers Speakers and Performers (1968).
Performed by Sonic Youth.
◇ PENDULUM MUSIC / STEVE REICH / 1968 on Vimeo
Part of the exhibition "There's a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks" Erwin Schrödinger.
ECAL, November 2012, 2nd year Bachelor in Visual Arts.
Filmed and edited by Fleur Bernet and Natacha Donzé, with help from Jean-Guillaume Sonnier
Performed by Simon Acevedo, Mathieu Cart, Simon Paccaud & Olivier Schuppisser
http://theremin.tv/about/ The opening night of HandsOff 2011, the annual theremin conference, this year in Scarborough, and Mr Underwood performs Steve Reich's Pendulum Music, for Optical Theremin and torch
◇ Pendulum Music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reich came up with the concept while working at the University of Colorado. He was swinging a live microphone in the style of the cowboy's lasso, and noting the produced feedback, he composed for an "orchestra" of microphones.
Three or more microphones are suspended above the speakers by means of a cable and stand. The microphones are pulled back, switched on, and released over the speaker, and gravity causes them to swing back and forth as pendulums. As the microphone nears the speaker, a feedback tone is created. Different lengths of cable will swing at different speeds, creating an overlapping series of feedback squeals. The music created is thus the result of the process of the swinging microphones.
"The piece is ended sometime shortly after all mikes have come to rest and are feeding back a continuous tone by performers pulling the power cords of the amplifiers". "If it's done right, it's kind of funny".
Reich's 1974 book Writings About Music contains the hand-written (1973 revision) description of how to perform the piece.
Writings About Music contains a photo of a performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art on May 27, 1969. The performers there were Richard Serra, James Tenney, Bruce Nauman and Michael Snow.
◇ Richard Serra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Serra was one of the four performers in the premiere of the Steve Reich piece Pendulum Music on May 27, 1969 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The other performers were Michael Snow, James Tenney and Bruce Nauman.