Vito Acconci - Ten Packed Minutes
  Year :   1977
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Collage
  Info :   unspecified

  Work Details  
  Ten Packed Minutes is an eclectic audio collage of music, text, found sounds, and excerpts from the recordings of Leon Redbone, Cow Cow Davenport, Eric Dolphy, Karl Berger, and Ornette Coleman.This is written before the piece is recorded. What I want is: ten packed minutes (that can be the title-or, maybe, Ten Minutes to Zero.) The beginning is a single voice: crooning familiars as a base for tongue-twisting (after all, this is a record: theres no space to pin down here-now do you get the picture?-so there are games in the air, yes, its you/me/ we/go/come/who goes further/the question is, who made somebody come tonight, who among those crowds of people ... ) But the song drifts off: theres a world out there, besides you and me: so this is a record of war, there s been an invasion of the city that could have been built into the empire of our love. But things go quickly, on the air: there s an underground, time passes, the scene changes: this is like overhearing a police broadcast: there s a report, from person A, under the grating, of person B s movements, on top of the grating-have we caught a sneak out of those multitudes of armies? (So the picture becomes clearer, no? But, all the while, there s always the thought: we can go to the movies later.) Say, then, that person C has escaped: there s a bar in another part of the forest: but person C fades away here, person C is just the excuse for the placement of a duel duet: bring back the music, bring on the night. After a life like this, I come back to you, bearing my very first songs: but, now, by this time- oh-oh-oh ... At this point, then the picture should have disappeared right in front of your eyes; but what replaces it is, no, not a thousand words-rather, the sound of the sounding that the words were there merely to prop up. --Vito Acconci. Accessed 15.11.06 from