… Musicians dress like various birds, use assorted bird whistles, sit in trees.
This is ‘The Backs of All the Trucks Passed While Driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday Jan 20.’ (1963) found in More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari Vol. 1 (2013):
I was intrigued by how much the backs of trucks resembled paintings I had done — basically a rectangle broken up into an infinite variety of possibilities, that is, variety within a standard shape in dialogue with the edge. My painting investigation was merging with my work in photography.
Next is ‘Fifteen Musical Projects: An Exchange with Pauline Oliveros’ (1970):
- What are all the possible sounds from a paper box? From all the objects in a room? From a still life?
- One hundred people say UMBRELLA.
- Hot and cold showers (on stage) or other various stimuli to affect behavioral forms of performers.
- Fix word fragments and musical notes in box, make collage score and play.
- If musical scores look good to artists, can paintings be played?
- Musicians dress like various birds, use assorted bird whistles, sit in trees. An outdoor composition.
- Play notes in essay written by musical critic of choice.
- An entire workshop on stage replete with operators that are not musicians, i.e. a woodshop, cabinet shop, etc. Composer-conductor would operate console of switches that control all machines. When machine is on, operator performs, drills, saws, planes, etc.
- Prior idea can be extended with using a farm, all animals wearing contact mikes.
- Or a recorder shop on stage, with several players in booths. Members of audience are invited to come onto stage and sample records. Composer-conductor orchestrates sounds by opening and closing booth doors partially, completely, and in various combinations.
- Violinist imitates human voice, human voice imitates violin. A duet.
- Films and sounds of botanical growth orchestrated.
- Alternate seating in hall — musician, audience member, musician, etc. Musicians should not look like musicians and vice versa.
- Members of quartet are located about city by dropping knotted string on city map. They are separately televised playing separate parts of single piece. Random member of audience orchestrates piece by controlling switches to four TV sets on stage.
- Orchestra improvises upon any sound member of audience gives.