This item is not in the library — it is a part of: C. Cardew (ed.), Nature Study Notes (full, 1969).

This is a little complicated, but basically one person sits at the top, not playing. Listening. The rest aspire (some maybe don't) to that position. When one of the aspirants qualifies, the silent position is transferred to him wordlessly (or with words, but a physical change of position is not necessary). The previously silent one, after a period of blankness (idleness, listleness — and have a certain amount of peripheral moving around is perhaps desirable), then in turn aspires (plays), and so it goes on …


Conceptual Mountain Rite. The ancestry have being the continuity of history, little importance is attached to the mechanisms chosen for beginning and ending. A simple solution: the silent one is seen to be waring a hat; the rite ends when the hat is no longer in evidence.

Cornelius Cardew

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