Map of the Tracks (2009)

Conceived by You Nakai, Jay Barnacle, and Earle Lipski


Premiere: 23 January 2009, Loop-line, Tokyo

Performed by You Nakai

INSTRUCTIONS 1: MAP OF THE TRACKS is a solo music performance. 2: To perform this piece, the following are required: a wireless headphone, a wireless microphone, a delay system, one performer, 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 and where to drag the people on chairs. 8: Each minute, the performer considers the first person he drags as a microphone. The volume of his voice for the rest of the minute is determined according to the distance to that 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