.music for.one [byTEN] – [2010]

MUSICfor.one [byTEN]MUSICfor.one [byTEN] was a live “concert” improvisation created for the Chatroulette social network. Audio in the performance was generated from screen grabs taken of the first 10 people that appeared during a previous visit to the website. These pictures in turn became the graphic notation that loosely scores the work. Through this process I become the conductor while the anonymous Chatroulette users become the unaware orchestra. Below is documentation of the performance in two parts from the March 20th performance. The first movement resulted in a composition that was more “symphonic” than I had expected while the second movement was more textural.

In the virtual “wild west” of Chatroulette, there are few if any governing rules. Knowing this it still came as a surprise that I was “flagged and banned” from interacting for 10 minutes during Movement 2. Apparently, someone deemed what I was doing “inappropriate” behavior.





Jason Sloan is an electronic media and sound artist, musician, composer and professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

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