Nic Collins
Pea Soup To Go


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I composed Pea Soup while a student at Wesleyan University.

The piece existed both as an installation, responding to visitors, and in a concert version, in which people performed activities intended to influence the feedback.

Thirty years on I began touring the piece again, and re-positioning what was a typical 1970s task-oriented work of strict Minimalism with a freer occasion for "improvising with architecture."

By 2014 I had accumulated recordings of over 70 performances of Pea Soup. Working with a former graduate student I developed Pea Soup To Go, a web app that plays back the various audio files in pseudo-random order, with long cross-fades, to create a seamless mix that slowly modulates from one "room key" to another.

The app was launched on October 26, 2014—the 40th anniversary of the first performance of Pea Soup.

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