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WRITTEN 1992: When I was in graduate school I built an instrument called theACOUSTISIZER . Half way through the program my advisor and mentor Richard Bunger retired. By default I was given his replacement even though he knew little about "Prepared Piano" (the subject of which Richard Bunger was an expert) and the basis and point of departure for the ACOUSTISIZER. His instructive contribution to my project was minimal and on the night of the premiere of the instrument, to a full house,(around 200 people) he stood up and responded to a goal I had written in the program notes. The goal said something lofty and naieve like how I wanted the instrument to bring people together and help generate world peace. So of course he asked how the instrument was going to help bring about world peace. I stood there dumb founded, in front of all my friends, relatives, class mates / inmates, like some kind of adulation sycophant idiot!
You know how flocks of birds, schools of fish, swarms of bees, move and dance across the sky and through the water together, in unison. It almost seems as if some kind of energy connects them all together. If you've ever been in a jam session or drum circle something similar happens.
That's it! Engaging people in the act of making noise together and bonding for a brief moment in time and space.
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