24 of 50 “Microworks”, by Andrew Allen: *
2) True minimalism, that is, work conceived of singularized and essentialized performance is never actually achievable, since there are always complex systems of culture, language and phenomenology at work.
3) Bring me the head of Stewart Beach on a platter.
4) Obligatory Introductory Phrase
5) SHOT HIMSELF DEAD
6) tweeting bird
7) bangs anecdote
— NEW SET —
9) Jew-Goldberg, the accountant, skips town and orders some cotton candy.
10) Good for you for putting old heads on young shoulders!
11) on going on a diet devoid of high-fructose corn syrup and foxconn…
13) Ah, yes
15) Crabbingoff Kingstreet
16) staring at a corner that turns to beige.
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17) (EXAMPLE OF BLURT): MIKE -> NERD -> [BLURT] -> MIKE IS A NERD
19) wear hats, switch gears, wear gears, switch hats, witch hears, swear gats
20) while the dog meat’s cookin’
23) Anna, watching couple eating bagel together while he reads The Speed of Trust and she reads The Sex Lives of Animals
24) meeting Dostoevsky on the I-95
* Video recording from Dustin Donahue’s Recital on Oct. 25, 2011 @ The Black Box Theater, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
— Thoughts on Duration —
Conceptual art can be an eager vessel for the “immediate.” When I set out to write this collection of works, I started with the idea of making the pieces each no longer than five seconds. I began to consider what a musical engagement in this small space could mean and what sorts of directions my compositional style would be led.
Consider the microchip; it works in much the same way as a collection of electrical components that are soldered together do (capacitors, resistors, transistors, etc.) except that it compacts all of those component functions into a singular, smaller unit; essentially a reduction of larger, more unyieldingly-complex schematics. Much in the same way as a microchip, I consider these compositions complete works by themselves, just smaller. Our adaptive facilities allow us to make great leaps in perceptual magnitudes. I’ve tried to reduce the footprint, not the content.
Commissioned by Dustin Donahue