Pendulum Sweep

A performance inspired by Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music composition. Human-power, everyday objects and waste materials were employed to create this interpretation of Reich’s piece. The amplifiers integral to the original composition were exchanged for prostrate people playing home-made instruments and microphones were replaced by swinging bicycle lights. Each performer would allow their instrument to sound only when a light entered their field of vision resulting in a progression from short bursts to longer drones as the pendulums slowed. As well as building their own rudimentary bagpipes, performers made vision-restricting cardboard goggles (which allowed the swinging light to be seen only when directly overhead).

Many thanks to the four performers,

Martin Bailey

Andy Council


Nikhil Hardy

for taking part in this test of endurance.