Persistent play

Scene (a public park): the chirping of a hungry baby bird, the rumbling stomachs of eager picnickers, the belching of a secreted vagrant and the frantic improvisations of an amateur drummer. All sounds merged on a Saturday morning to form a composition that, as yet, has never been heard again.

Here we followed the advice of Benjamin Britten who once wrote; “Man, thousands of years ago, discovered that hitting something in a rhythmic way excited his friends or terrified his enemies, and through the successive years, in every part of the world, man has experimented with hitting something different in a new way.”

Unfortunately for our experiment the park authorities were neither scared nor excited. They just put a stop to it.

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