Two Fiftieth Anniversaries

In Pauline Oliveros’ Link (later published as Bonn Feier), “the whole city or campus becomes a theater, and all of its inhabitants, players.” Online Vocal Constructivists engaged with Wesleyan students via video meeting software activated by QR codes at specific locations around the Wesleyan campus. Wesleyan walkers following soundmaps encountered Costumed Guardians, musicians, dancers, mummers, jesters, actors, singers, talking drums, natural sound makers, picketers, and Fantastic Sights. A brief documentary film about the event was made by Wesleyan first-year Isabel Hoffman, which can be found here. Online and live participants joined together for Alvin Lucier’s Gentle Fire In an online ritualistic ceremony in which “unpleasant sounds” gradually underwent an acoustic and conceptual transformation into “pleasant sounds.”