SIMPLE FORMS, COMPLEX PEOPLE, by ART CLAY
Simple Forms, Complex People (1991), Art Clay. The composition uses words to provide a sense of atmosphere, a musical process, and the framework for determining the overall duration. Each of the pieces is written for a different combination of performers and the movements may be performed separately or along with any of the other three. The work as a whole emphasises a certain sense of flexibility in a composition by providing for the possibilities of having a long or a short piece with one or several movements played by one to four people playing on any instruments.
The sound artist Art Clay lives in Basel Switzerland. He has appeared at international festivals, on radio and television, and diverse art venues from top museums to artist run spaces. He has received support from a multitude of arts councils from around the world for diverse projects including those for performance, installation, theater, and design. Prizes have been awarded to him for music composition, performance, theatre, new media art, curation, as well as software development.