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Work Title
Variations V
Composed in 1965. Premiered in New York, July 23, 1965
Ensemble Type
For any number of performers using photo-electric cells and electronic sound sources.
37 Remarks re: an Audio-Visual Performance. A realization of this work was originally used as music for the choreographed piece by Merce Cunningham of the same title, with a film by Stan VanDerBeek and television images by Nam June Paik. The score for Variations V was made after its first performance and thus contains 37 remarks concerning an audio-visual performance, including a list of participants (see above). The sound sources for the first performance were short-wave radios and tapes with recordings of such sounds as a kitchen drain (recorded by Cage). Photocells, reacting to movements of the dancers, triggered switches that could turn audio on and off. Max Mathews designed the mix to control volume, tone, and distribution of sounds among the six speakers in the hall. In 1966, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg and Sveriges Radio Television produced a 50-minute film-version of Variations V, directed by Arne Arnbom.
Mary Sisler
Peters Edition EP 6799
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