ESP Night #1 - November 27th, 2012

In 'yielding isometrics', a performer holds a small weight out straight above a theremin attempting to match a target sine tone. It gets more difficult to hold a steady pitch as one's arm gets tired, and the resultant beat frequencies become more erratic. The piece concludes when the performer is physically unable to continue holding the weight up.

Much of Western music is centered around ideas of virtuosity or technical precision, but this musical perfection is a relative, if not abstract, concept. I am interested in situations in which success is not possible, and meaningful content is generated by deviations from the stated objective.

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