Piece for 11 washing machines (3 large), 7 tumble dryers & 5 non-functioning Speed Queens.
[>for example< : title/ensemble elastic re machinery/technology present in given laundrette.]
This musical piece is generated by people's decisions as to when and how they choose to wash their clothes at the laundrette chosen for its performance, and if, when and for how long they wish or can afford to dry them for - the paths of participants' lives and their intersections, primarily the expression of these through movement.
Do not mistake this device for an interest in biography or any focus on it. It is primarily a tool to make the production of sound less contrived than it would be either by conscious composition or the use of chance operations.
Generally the music is inadvertently created, but sounds resulting from the actions of those who consciously perform, participate or simply come to listen are equally valid contributions.
During busy periods/periods of heavy usage, exciting potentialities present themselves:
sound collages of washing machines at different points in their cycle
coins in slots
mobile phone conversations
the opening and closing of machine doors
simultaneous layers of human voices
women in sports bras and tracksuit bottoms, pushing their prams on the pavement outside
There are also periods of the day when no machines are in operation. These hold their own interest, as do periods when no one is present.
Any sound both in and outside the laundrette is equally part of the piece. You can listen to this piece from the other side of the world.
And although I assert compositional credit, everything is happening anyway. Composition as the contextualization of existing sound. Sound that is happening anyway.
It's all happening anyway.
[NB laundrette photos included purely for the purposes of visual pornography]