VEXATIONS

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

Vexations (1893) poses a unique motif, in pianistic score, repeated eight hundred and forty times. As the title suggest, the work alludes to the possibility that a performer would like to “vexate” the public and himself, repeating for so many times a short melodic and dissonant fragment which can be protracted for a lapse of time extendible from 15 to 20 hours.It requires the performer to prepare himself in “maximum silence” and with “serious immobility”, to give place to something immutable, while it is proper that demonstrate immutable to show us continuous changes.

I created a wood framework and colored it in black while 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

Riccardo Toccacielo

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

To be interested in Satie one must be disinterested. To begin with, accept that a sound is a sound and a man is a man, give up illusions about ideas of order, expressions of sentiment, and all the rest of our inherited aesthetic claptrap. It's not a question of Satie's relevance. He's indispensable.  John Cage

Vexations by John Cage

On 9th September 1963, John Cage organized the first integral representation of Vexations, during which this short score was again repeated eight hundred and forty times. The performance lasted eighteen hours and forty minutes, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. of the day after. To achieve his aim, John Cage was accompanied by a group of musicians, including David Tudor, Christian Wolff, Philip Corner, Viola Farber, Robert Wood, MacRae Cook, David Del Tredici, James Tenney, Howard Klein, Joshua Rifkin and John Cale. Organizing this event, John Cage having “planned all, except that the life of the people who lived the show for the whole would be changed”. John Cage