MAPS OF THE TRACKS OF YOU (2009)
Conceived by You Nakai, Jay Barnacle, and Earle Lipski
Premiere: 23 January 2009, Loop-line, Tokyo
Performed by You Nakai
1: MAPS OF THE TRACKS OF YOU is a solo music performance.
2: To perform this piece, the following equipment is required:
a wireless headphone,
a wireless microphone,
a long-time delay system,
several people sitting on chairs,
and several listeners.
3: All sounds occurring within the performance space and time are delayed for one minute, and played out from the performer's headphone.
4: This sound from one minute past is used as a map to guide the performance.
5: After the initial minute of map-making, all the lights in the venue go out.
6: The performance consists in reciting this instruction, while dragging the people on chairs one by one; the sound of both actions forms the subsequent sound map.
7: The sound map instructs the performer when to recite the instructions, and when to drag the people on chairs (recite only when there is a space in the sound map, and drag only while reciting)
8: Each minute, the performer considers the first person he drags as a human microphone. The volume of his voice for the rest of the minute is determined according to the distance to that human microphone. Reciting will thus include shouting and whispering.
9: The performance ends and all the lights are turned back on when this instruction is recited until the end.
Tokyo, 13-23 January 2009