Wednesday 18 July 2007, 7.00am until 11.00am

Whisp

Experimental music event structured around the architecture of a cable car. The work takes place at Sulphur Mountain in Banff, Canada in the early morning, before the sun breaks fully over the mountain. Performers and guests are invited to assemble at 7am in the Banff Centre Dinning Hall for breakfast. From here we walk together to Route 3 bus stop. The 7.48am bus takes us to the base of Sulphur mountain.

Six performers sit in different cars, spaced one every fourth car. Each performer shares a car with random tourists and invited guests.

The performance begins outside the ticket office entrance to the cable car. Colm Lally introduces the piece and then asks the performers to begin. In the first instance this involves inserting each performer into the queue for the car rides, taking care to position one performer per four car.

 

Score notes:
→ There are 24 cars moving up and down Sulphur Mountain on a continuous loop
→ Each car seats four people
→ The journey up the mountain takes approximately 8min, moving at 4m per second (Brewster, the tour operator that owns the cable car, has agreed to slow the speed down to sync with the score)
→ It takes 2min to load at the bottom and 2min to offload at the top, so the full loop takes 20min
→ The altitude at the bottom is 1,583m, rising to 2,281 at the top 

Notes for performer 1:
Elise Taillon-Martel (french horn)
Performer 1 is instructed to perform ‘Movement I (Tacet)’ twice while riding the car in one complete loop. On the journey up the mountain the performer is instructed to introduce the performance to the tourists in the car. Then play the piece. This is to be repeated on the way down the mountain. The performer is instructed to ask one of the tourists to record the performance with an audio recorder provided.

Notes for performer 2:
Ayesha Hameed
Performer 2 is instructed to read a text, based on her own artistic work at the residency, to the tourists in her car while riding one complete loop. The text is to be read once on the way up and once on the way down. Hameed is instructed to ask one of the tourists in her car to record her performance using a video recorder.

Notes for performer 3:
Laure Valiquette-Talbot (french horn)
Performer 3 is instructed to perform ‘Movement II (Tacet)’ twice while riding the car in one complete loop. On the journey up the mountain the performer is instructed to introduce the performance to the tourists in the car. Then play the piece. This is to be repeated on the way down the mountain. The performer is instructed to ask one of the tourists to record the performance with an audio recorder provided.

Notes for performer 4:
Verina Gfader
Performer 4 is provided with a carbon copy Purchase Order sheet and is instructed to respond to the event by making notes or annotations of some kind on the sheet provided. This feedback loop creates a random distortion in the work. At the end of the performance performer 6 is instructed to hand the Purchase Order to Colm Lally who will stamp it with the word TACET and hand one of the carbon copies to the performer and one to the witness (tourist).

Notes for performer 5:
Natalie Alcorn (french horn)
Performer 5 is instructed to perform ‘Movement III (Tacet)’ twice while riding the car in one complete loop. On the journey up the mountain the performer is instructed to introduce the performance to the tourists in the car. Then play the piece. This is to be repeated on the way down the mountain. The performer is instructed to ask one of the tourists to record the performance with an audio recorder provided.

Notes for performer 6:
Sarat Maharaj
Performer 6 is provided with a carbon copy Purchase Order sheet and is instructed to respond to the event by making notes or annotations of some kind on the sheet provided. This feedback loop creates a random distortion in the work. At the end of the performance performer 6 is instructed to hand the Purchase Order to Colm Lally who will stamp it with the word TACET and hand one of the carbon copies to the performer and one to the witness (tourist).