LOCKDOWN VEXATIONS - a project initiated by Kathy Hinde
Vexations is a mysterious composition by Erik Satie, which takes on another dimension when the instructions at the top of the score are followed. Satie asks the performer to play the piece 840 times without a break, very slowly, which can take over 24 hours. Satie offers the following advice: “In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, through serious immobility.” The lockdowns imposed by COVID-19 seemed to resonate with aspects of ‘Vexations’ in many ways.
For LOCKDOWN VEXATIONS, audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde invited musicians to record one cycle of Vexations during the Covid-19 lockdown 2020 in order to create a unique collaborative online rendition of the piece. The live stream uses bespoke software to randomly choose the next video, until 840 repetitions are reached. It seemed appropriate.
The first live stream of LOCKDOWN VEXATIONS took place on 17th May 2020 to celebrate Erik Satie’s 154th Birthday, and this final live stream, on 9th September is to mark the anniversary of when John Cage staged the first full performance of Vexations in New York in 1963 with a team of Pianists.
More info: https://satievexations.art/
LOCKDOWN VEXATIONS was set up by Kathy Hinde, and uses randomising software programmed by Matthew Olden.
Thanks to contributions from…
Kathy Hinde, Bristol UK; Ayumi Toyama, London UK; Jodie Saunders, Plymouth UK; Martha Oakes, London UK; Veda Hille, Vancouver Canada; Bridget Kelly, Seaford UK; Dan Pollard, Bristol UK; Georgie Ward, Bristol UK; Ross Hughes, Somerset UK; Frode Haltli, Svartskog Norway; Charles Hazlewood, Somerset UK; Maja S. K. Ratkje, Svartskog Norway; Sarah Nicolls, Stroud UK; Jason Hazeley, London UK; James Murphy, London UK; Sheena Phillips, London UK; Hazel Mills, Bristol UK; Caroline Potter, London UK; Alex Metcalfe, Tunbridge Wells UK; Cliodna Shanahan, Limerick Ireland; Michael Begg, East Lothian, Scotland; Harriet Riley, Bristol UK; Andreas Borregaard, Copenhagen Denmark; Graham Knight, London UK, Leo Chadburn, London UK; Allan Bullard, Colchester UK; David Horne, Manchester UK; Pete Judge, Bristol UK; Mariko Asakawa-North, Exeter UK; Will Goodchild with Rosa Fay Photography, Bristol UK; Clive So, London UK; Dave Yapp, Bristol UK; Adam Swayne, Brighton UK; Bennet Jones, Bristol UK; Késia Decoté, Brasília Brazil; Julian Davis, Macclesfield UK; Howard Jones, London UK; Quinta, Athens Greece; Stephen Montague, London UK; Jonathan Ticher, London UK; Christian Eggen, Norway; Emma McPartland, Alkmaar Netherlands; Nye Parry, Richmond UK; James Hurst, Lincoln UK; Michael Finnissy, Sherringham UK; Mark Summers, Orkney; Pete Stollery, Monymusk Scotland; Joe Stollery, Monymusk Scotland; Andrew Morris, Leominster UK; Fiona Linnane, Limerick Ireland; Kevin Sargent, Ponteland UK; Gavin Bryars, Leicestershire UK; Louise Drewett, Wokingham UK; Elaine Levene, Leeds UK; Ye-Ye Xu, London UK; Jane Carrington-Porter, Devon UK; Eve Egoyan, Toronto Canada, James Gow Bristol UK; Steven Berryman, London UK; Charlotte Way, London UK; Mick Peake, Hay-on-Wye UK; Matthew Redman, Somerset UK; Alyce Santoro, Providence, Rhode Island; Shirley Pegna, Bristol UK; Simon Blackmore, Manchester UK; Joshua Balance, London UK; Kate Moran, Manchester UK; Rosemary Duxbury, Leicester UK; Anne Wille, Totnes UK, Rachel Starritt, Bridgend Wales; Chris Long, Pershore UK; Giorgio Magnanensi, Roberts Creek, British Columbia Canada; Lauren Sudbrink, Chicago, Illinois; Natalie Bleicher, Watford UK; Julia Usher, Colchester UK; Wendy Johnson, London UK; Ton Verstraten and Merel Schellekens, Boxtel, The Netherlands; Reed Maxson, Davis California; Yshani Perinpanayagam, London, UK; Keshav Sethi, age 10, Leicester, UK; Joby Burgess, Bedfordshire, UK; Oliver Searle, Glasgow, UK.