Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Bruce Nauman - Violin Tuned D.E.A.D (1969)

In 1969 Fluxus enfant terrible Bruce Nauman performed a work in response to La Monte Young's X for Henry Flynt. It involves the playing of a violin tuned D - E - A - D with quick marcato bowstrokes once a second for an hour or so...sounds like some kind of torture on one level but is a fascinating thing nonetheless. Here is a little snippet from a video of a performance of it by the man himself...

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