Vexations

Vexations


Sound sculptures
Frames with 840 mini loud speaker
135 x 100 x 10 cm
2010

I created a wood framework, cutting eight hundred and forty one-centimeter-sized holes. I position a 1,5 watt mini loudspeaker with each hole and connected all eight hundred and forty speaker to each other as well as to to a centrally positioned 25 watt amplifier. Here a jack connector or rca allows for connection to any audio source. I tried to also visually create the same hypnotic aspect of this repetition, applying to the speakers  a outward-facing façade and mirror

Vexations is a musical work by Erik Satie. It consists of a short theme that must repeat for 840 times. The theme and its accompanying chords are written using strikingly eccentric and impractical enharmonic notation. The piece is undated, but scholars usually assign a date around 1893–1894 on the basis of musical and biographical evidence.

The piece bears the inscription “In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities” (Pour se jouer 840 fois de suite ce motif, il sera bon de se préparer au préalable, et dans le plus grand silence, par des immobilités sérieuses).

In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities

Erik Satie