Video 1 from ITINERANT INTERLUDE #26 which took place as part of MAKE CITY: FESTIVAL FOR ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN ALTERNATIVES at Michael Beutler’s site-specific installation “Wechselstuben” (Exchange Offices) on the green near L40 | Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa Luxemburg Platz in Berlin, June 17, 2015. Artist Beutler’s expressed interest to have a banjo “play” his installation largely influenced the program for this event. Here, Seth Josel performs “Pete Seeger in Monte Carlo” (2014) by John P. Hastings, a work in 5 short sections that migrates through 5 different loci of Beutler’s archi-sculpture. The work and its title are an homage to the great American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, and a reference to the “Monte Carlo” method, a set of algorithms that use random sampling to achieve numerical results; as applied, the method helped facilitate the simulations used in the Manhattan Project to create the atomic and hydrogen bombs. According to the composer, “Pete Seeger in Monte Carlo” is an attempt to fuse the power of folk music (and the banjo) with a seemingly benign book of random digits to create a new, abstract piece of 21st century American folk music. The score consists of pages from the RAND Corporation’s book of random numbers and a series of instructions detailing how the performer is to interpret those numbers to become musical material.