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

All except 2 squeeze out a thick covering sound like toothpaste from a tube, a heady mixture, more than adequate to cover the conversation of those 2 people to be watched as under an imaginary spotlight; these 2 to get together, to do something, produce something. Something happens to them, is revealed, planned… They then split to head 2 coupling chains, that is each takes another partner (both pairs are then imaginarily spotlighted; attention can oscillate between the pairs freely) and gets together, does something, produces something, etc., etc., with the new partner. This new partner then splits to find himself a new partner in turn (choosing amongst those producing the covering sound), while the first partner emerges to musician status, but contributing to something other than the thick covering sound. And so on. When the last person making the thick covering sound has coupled there is no more coupling, and the music should still go on for quite a while with no-one imaginarily spotlighted, individuals dropping out as they feel like it. What about a covering for the last pair to couple?


Daisy Chain Rite. A: Regeneration and the end of a dynasty. Maxim: In general keep 'imaginaries' to a minimum. The situation: After the initial couple, there are always 2 pairs coupling, both under scrutiny. The rest are playing either
a) the covering sound (if they have not yet been in a coupling chain) or
b) other improvisation (if they have).

Each person (except the initial couple) is involved in sequence in:
1) thick covering sound,
2) two couplings (one only if you are the last in one of the chains)(in the first you are chosen, in the 2nd you choos),
3) improvisation.

Cornelius Cardew

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