Researching for a performance which will use some of the material from the Rhythm & Drone residency, some examples of Fluxus scores. All taken from the Fluxus Performance Workbook, 2002, edited by Ken Friedman, Owen Smith and Lauren Sawchyn, available here.
Rainbow No.1 for Orchestra
Soap bubbles are blown out of various
wind instruments. The conductor breaks
the bubbles with his baton.
Distance for Piano (to David Tudor)
Performer positions himself at some
distance from the piano from which he
should not move. Performer does not
touch piano directly by any part of his
body, but may manipulate other objects to
produce sound on piano through them.
Performer produces sounds at points of
piano previously determined by him.
Assistants may move piano to change
distance and direction to directions of the
A piano is on stage. The performer enters
wearing a crash helmet. He takes a stage
position as far from the piano as possible.
He lowers his head and dashes toward
the piano at top speed, crashing into the
piano with helmeted head.
On signal from the conductors, each
section of the orchestra performs one of
the following actions in unison:
• tie or untie neckties
• unbutton or button up shirt sleeves
• roll up or roll down sleeves
• comb hair
• brush clothes.
Each movement should accelerate in
tempo and stop suddenly.
To occur in a railway station.
A time table is obtained. A tabulated time
indication is interpreted in minutes and
seconds (for example, 7:16 equals 7
minutes and 16 seconds). This determines
the duration of the event.
Music for My Son
Do not prepare for
the performance and
even try to forget that
in a short time you will be
performing. When the time of the
performance comes, simply do something
Everyone runs in a large circle,
accompanied by a strong rhythm. On
every beat, all whoop or yell in unison.
May also jump or raise arms to mark
The entire orchestra plays phonographs.
The orchestra tries to play a well-known
classical masterwork. Instead of an
instrument, every member of the
orchestra has a phonograph. Some of the
ways this can be performed are:
1. All have same recording. All try to start
at same time. 2. Each has different
recording or version of piece. All try to
start at the same time. 3. Different
sections of the orchestra are given
different passage to play, rotating through
entire piece in sequences. 4. Each
member of the orchestra starts and stops
playing different sections of the recording
Pass a one pound piece of ice among
members of the audience while playing a
recording of fire sounds or while having a
real fire on stage. The piece ends when
the block of ice has melted.
Self-playing, motor-operated reeds,
whistles, horns, violins, bells and gongs
play predetermined, dynamically variable
and continuous tones for a determined
length of time.
Nivea Cream Piece
First performer comes on stage with a
bottle of Nivea Cream or (if none is
available) with a bottle of hand cream
labeled ‘Nivea Cream.’ He pours the
cream onto his hands and massages
them in front of the microphone. Other
performers enter, one by one, and do the
same thing. Then they join together in
front of the microphone to make a mass
of massaging hands. They leave in the
reverse of the order in which they entered,
on a signal from the first performer.
Bottle of water
Fill glass with water from bottle
Return water from glass back into bottle
Fill glass and repeat procedure as above
Many times till all water is spilled
Microphones are placed in the street,
outside windows or hidden among
audience and sounds are amplified to the
audience via public address system.
Make the faintest possible sound to a
boundary condition whether the sound is
given birth to as a sound or not. At the
performance, instruments, human bodies,
electronic apparatus or anything else may
Wind Music No.2, Fluxversion I
Several performers operate fans toward
suspended musical instruments such as
bell, gongs gourds, etc., making them
swing and sound.
Vaseline Symphonique, 1921 Fluxversion
Microphone, hands, vaseline.
Monochrome for Yves Klein,
An orchestra, quartet or soloist, dressed
in white, plays a favorite classic. A fine
mist of washable black paint rains down
during the performance. Performers
continue to play as the scores and music
stands, their instruments and clothes
slowly turn from white to black. The
performance ends when no performer can
read the notes.
Audience Piece No.8
The audience is told that the next piece is
presented in a special area. They are led
away in small groups by ushers, taken
through back exits to the street and left