Study no. 12 [Windmills]

for 9 bottle blowers


Performance Instructions:

For 9 bottle blowers. Versions of the score for more players may be available upon request.

Each player begins with a full bottle of beer. Alternative bottled liquids may be substituted.

Each player follows one windmill throughout. Only one player follows each windmill.

Each time one of the white blades crosses the base of a player's respective windmill, that player should produce a short tone by blowing across the top of the bottle.

Each time the black blade crosses the base, take a small sip.

The piece ends when all bottles are empty. Performers may opt to have extra beers on hand to increase duration.

Variation: The audience may be instructed to interpret the rising of the sun and moon, and the appearance of clouds and stars in some way. The audience sound should be extremely quiet, never louder than the bottle blowers. These instructions should be determined by the ensemble/director previous to performance.

Duration: Continue until all performers have emptied at least one bottle.

Ryan Ross Smith, May 2012.

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