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Walter Marchetti

The Bird Of Paradise

Label: Alga Marghen

Format: LP

Genre: Sound Art

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Limited to 200 copies only, and long out of print nowadays, Walter Marchetti's  Bird of Paradise: Hunting in the City. Performance time: from dawn to dusk. Leave your home, with a cool head, and carrying a briefcase full of birdcalls, of the kind used by hunters, as well as a portable tape recorder, slung across your back on a carrying strap. You will use it, at the proper time, to play a tape, which has also been placed in the briefcase. Once outside, you begin your performance of 'The Hunt' by crossing over to the sidewalk on a far side of the street, with respect to the building you have just left. After observing this building for several minutes, you will then begin to walk. From the point at which you begin to walk, proceed for 1632 paces, and then come to a halt. (Whenever you come to a halt you should always look around to your rear, since the Bird of Paradise may in fact be following you. Check at least three times, carefully casting your eyes in all directions).

Resume walking, turn to the left at the first street corner, and stop again. Choose 6 calls and sound them 38 times. Then put them back into the briefcase and continue along your way, until passing the second street on the right. Remove 10 calls from the briefcase and sound them not more than 20 times. Resume your walking. Stop after 3274 paces, pick out a call with a powerful sound, and sound it 15 times. Resume walking, turn right at the third corner, take a few more steps, stop, open the briefcase, take 5 calls and sound them in alternation 127 times… 1005 more paces… after 2536 paces… sound it 140 times… walk 1634 paces… etc.… etc.… At a certain point you can constantly turn either right or left, entering and exiting every door along this whole new route until coming into sight of a park with a single tree. Once beneath this tree, sound all the calls a single time.

If everything remains unchanged, motionless and silent, open the briefcase and take out the tape, which holds the recording of the song of the Bird of Paradise. Play it by means of the tape recorder which is slung across your back. Replay this tape 316 times. Having listened to the song of the Bird of Paradise, wait in complete inactivity for 24 minutes. And then, perhaps…

Cat. number: M alga ∞
Year: 2008

Recorded at Studio RDS Milano March 1997. Limited to approximately 200 copies.

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