I’ve been building instruments for days and the test group comes in a bus from a one room schoolhouse. Vic has prepared this lot by working with them in his inimitable way and they know about installation art, making music from found sounds. They are in the outback but they are way ahead. I ask them the difference between hearing and listening and they say “Listening is when you want to hear”. That is the shortest description I’ve ever heard and I sign it as well.
We listen individually to the wonderful disc blades from the tractor that till the earth. They have been set up as a choir of gongs. After a careful and slow listen we wail on them all at once and then stop letting them ring. We sing the notes. It is wonderful. Listen and watch.