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

Instruments of the floor, players all around.

To start: Players go to instruments and select one not their own. They may then play; any player who did not get the instrument he wanted (because someone else got it first) may pursue the player who has this instrument and let them know — physically, verbally or musically — that he desires it. If the other player is willing, they will exchange instruments; if he is not and no further pleading will make her change her mind, then the refused player should give up pleading and accept the instrument he has, or go after another player whose instrument he would like.

At some time during the rite each player should exchange her first instrument for at least one other (still not his own), either when asked to, or by doing the asking himself. After having played two strange instruments the player is free to accept his own instrument if it is offered to her, or to go to whoever has it and ask him for it (the player who has it may refuse if he wants). Any number of exchanges may be made before a player returns to his own instrument, the only rule being that at least two strange instruments should have been played.

Force must not be used in trying to get a desired instrument from a player who is not willing to exchange. Once everyone has his own instrument back the rite can stop. So, if no-one wanted to go back to his own instrument the rite could go on for ever? When an individual wants to stop playing he must get his own instrument back before stopping.

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