C7:: continuum
Ryoji Ikeda
Brief description of the work:
Electronic music composition that uses a pulsating heartbeat as its core and overlays and repeats this sound with electronically altered variations of itself.
Materials, dimensions, duration:
From the album 0C (Touch, London TO:38), 1998, duration 5:25
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Album commercially available
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
Ryoji Ikeda's audience includes professionals and amateurs interested in electro-acoustic music.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
The track was included (CD 2 track 7) on 'Haunted Weather: Music, Silence and Memory', curated by David Toop. the CDs were an addition to the book. This was released in April 2004 by Staubgold (Staubgold 52, Germany, 2-CD set)
Floorplan, scheme:
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Observing the awareness of listening, intense engagement with the body
Further context:

Minimalistic approach to a composition that focuses the listener's attention on the sound itself.

1 min clip from C7::Continuum

"In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that its not boring at all but very interesting.

At the New School once I was substituting for Henry Cowell, teaching a class in Oriental music. I had told him I didn't know anything on the subject. He said, "That's all right. Just go where the records are. Take one out. Play it and then discuss it with the class." Well, I took out the first record. It was an LP of a Buddhist service. It began with a short microtonal chant with sliding tones, then soon settled into a single loud reiterated percussive beat. This noise continued relentlessly for about fifteen minutes with no perceptible variation. A lady got up and screamed, and then yelled "Take it off. I can't bear it any longer." I took it off. A man in the class then said angrily, "Why'd you take it off? I was just getting interested.""

Cage John (1999), Silence, Lectures and Writings, Marion Boyars, London