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Rule based live music

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During the last two years Bitsphere performed an anonymous rule based live piece at a local bar which lies at the entry of the inner city when coming from the Bitsphere office. The piece for piano consists of some rules which will be listed in the next paragraph. The piece described here originated in a spontaneous idea and is an example of artistic intervention in everyday live. With the description of this peace and possible impacts Bitsphere likes to invite others to accoustic involvement in shared living spaces.

The rule set

  1. Every day the player passes the bar he has to enter and play the next tone on a chromatic scale beginning at the lowest note if all the rules apply
  2. The player should play only if he passes alone
  3. The player should be in a proper state for working according to governmental working rules
  4. The Piano shall be unoccupied
  5. No other musician shall play in the bar at the time
  6. Nothing should be purchased when entered to play a tone


By applying this rules it was possible to play all the keys of the grand piano within two years. The bar is usually closed Sunday and Monday but opens early in the morning and does not close before midnight. In the summer time sometimes they close in the afternoon to move to an outdoor location some paths away. Bitsphere only once had the chance to play the tone there (this tone was doubled) when some band installed a keyboard over there.


After a while some of the frequenter where aware that Bitsphere had a certain regulatory and they started to interact after the tone was played. One occasionally applauded and it is quite sure he sort of realized what was going on though Bitsphere tried to hide which means a visitor who only heard one of the tones should have thought there is someone just hitting a key for whatever reason. In general the relation to the waiters was relaxed randomly they tried to sell a beer to Bitsphere after the tone had gone. But this did not apply to rule #6.

Due to rule #2 the piece passed relatively anonymously there were no one told what was going on. It was just like entering – acting – listening – leaving and this kind of loneliness when inserting a sound to the daily noises with a melody only aware to one person in the beginning let to certain reflections about music which may not come easy in other ways. The difference in the player – the spectators – and even the tuning of the piano over the time is observed.

The player in his inner state – sometimes resisting to play though the rules do all apply – sometimes wanting to advance even if one ore more rule is not fulfilled has to remember over the whole span which note has to played at the next occasion which sometimes takes a little longer to come. The spectators were divided in two groups: Some not aware that this is a piece of music as just another one presses one of the keys of the piano, some aware there is someone who comes back regularly to play just one note on the piano which was at least tuned one time over the two years.

What is next?

After this piece Bitsphere wants to do more live events and perhaps faster rule based performances. Please drop some words in the comment box if you have experience in rule based live music or any other thing to say! You may also name some rules here and Bitsphere will try to perform them!



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Listening to the most quiet sound

For November, Bitsphere is describing another listening exercise. Bitsphere advises to begin with the other exercises you find under the category “listening” ( ) but you can start straight away with this one if you like.

The description of this exercise is rather simple but it enables you to listen to surprising many sounds if you get in the habit of doing this for a couple of days or weeks. There are more possibilities to do so than you might think.

This listening exercise goes like this: Listen to what you hear! Notice that sound and then try to listen to a different sound or noise which surrounds you! Whenever you have found something to listen to, mark it “heard” in your inner register and try to find something new to listen to. Search for silence and you will find many subtle sounds!

This is it all. For sure you can do this in many situation in your daily life. As you go ahead with this exercise you will develop an ability to listen to many hidden sounds in your noise environment. Enjoy!

If you would like to share your experience with this exercise or even propose your own one you are welcome to use the comment section!

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Name what you hear

In addition to two listening exercises on this blog which you find here and here, there is a third one which is worth to share. It may seem even more simple than the others but increases the awareness of your sounding environment.

To practice the exercise start by noting which sounds you hear in the very moment you do this. If you note a new sound then name it in your mind like “bell” or “woman talking” or “rustling”.

After a while you notice that you become more aware of your sounding environment than before. You may notice that you here consciously sounds that you heard but not remarked before.

It seems the exercise is getting the more interesting the more the sounds disappear in the environmental noise. When naming sounds try do it as precise as possible! This is hard when you are unable to check visually or otherwise what the source of a noise is. But it also brings in some fun factor. Try it yourself!

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Concentrate on one sound

In order to sharpen the ear Bitphere found one listening exercise – which is also a mindfulness exercise – very helpful. You can practice this wherever and whenever you want.

To start listen to a noise you hear. This may be every noise around like the dropping of a tube, a distant road or whatever you hear. To practice try to listen to the sound as long as you can. This means as long as your mind stays concentrated on it.

This is all the exercise. After a while you will notice that you no longer stay focused on the sound. To improve your awareness of sound it is enough to this repeatedly. But maybe you find out what it is that turns your mind away from listening. And if you find out why you were no longer concentrated you notice a point in your life which disturbs you. Maybe there is something you can do about it.

An advanced version when your listening abilities are very good and you can concentrate a very long time on one sound then you might go on and concentrate on more than one sound at the same time.

Enjoy listening to your environment! If you like this exercise you maybe also find the last listening exercise on this blog useful: Back in Time.

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Feel Good Exercise

To go a bit off topic Bitsphere likes to present a very short feel good exercise. It consists of three simple steps:

  1. First take a sheet or canvas and some colours. Using this try to paint or draw a picture how your psyche looks like now.
  2. When finished step one paint a new picture which shows the psyche you wish to have.
  3. Now bring the colours, shapes or forms which distinguish picture one from picture two into your house, flat or office. This might be only little changes. Maybe you add a little this or that or even paint a wall.

Why not leave a comment if you have similar exercises or even did this one? In the meanwhile Bitsphere is out to the second-hand store to get some items to support the outcome of step two.


Simple guide to handle bills

Here is a little guide to an effective way to handle bills:

1.Go to the mailbox daily

Check for new mail and empty the box immediately. If possible put a sign at your mailbox which tells the postman which kind of free mail you never want to receive, like that free newspaper you never read or the heaps of ads you throw away.

2. Open bills immediately

If you receive a bill, open the letter as fast as possible and throw away the envelope.

3.Collect all unpaid bills in a file

Get yourself a file or a box or a register in which you collect all the unpaid bills.

4. Pay it regularly

Once in a month, visit your bank or post office and pay all the bills in the box.

5. Archive the receipts

After paying attach all the receipts to the covering letter and store them in a register at best just after returning from the bank or post office.

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What if the temperature of planet earth never would fall beyond 10 degree celsius? So obviously it would never snow. Perhaps a mad scientist would think about what would happen if the temperature would fall beyond 0 degrees anyway.

Surely he would find out that there will be no more rain, but ice falling from heaven in bad weather.

But could he imagine something so beautiful like snow, which is built from thousands of crystals no flake resembling another?

Who knows?