“Square #1”, “Square #2”, “Circle #3” and “Square #4” (part of VENN Concert) are all pieces for musicians with iPod Shuffles. On the iPods are recordings of my voice giving different instructions. The musicians set the iPods on ‘shuffle’, which gives them the instructions in random* order. This makes each performance different, and the musician have to react to the instructions in the moment, giving a more spontaneous feel to the performance.
In “Square #1” 4 musicians walk around 9 squares (marked with tape), somtimes playing the music on the notestands located in each square. Other times whispering, playing very high, loud notes or very low, soft tones, or breathing deeply.
*) The iPod can’t actually randomize, but it gives the tracks in different mixed orders, which in practice works the same way.