This is the first segment of Changing the System (55 mins, 2007), a documentary by Andrew Chesher.
In 1973 Christian Wolff, erstwhile student of composer John Cage, wrote the score of Changing the System. It took its title from an interview with the Tom Hayden, a key figure of the 68 student movement. The idea of participatory democracy associated with student activism at that time, was implicit in the sort of indeterminate scores Wolff and other members of his musical milieu were writing. Following the preparations for a recent performance of the piece, this documentary observes the musicians and their discussions during rehearsals, contextualised by their comments on its significance and the process of playing it.
This first segment of the documentary introduces Wolff's composition, focusing on first encounters with the score.