SONG OF STRANGERS
On the 2nd of May 2017 I send my first postcard to Port Havre, U.S.A. It read:
My name is Stef, I come from Utrecht, The Netherlands. This postcard is part of an experiment. It is the first of many that I want to send all over the world. What I would like you to do is write me a card back containing three musical notes. They can be any note within the range of a western keyboard. In doing so you will write the first three notes of a composition. The next person will write the next notes, and on and on until you, together with an army of strangers, will have created a completely new piece of music via postcards."
After sending this cards I have send loads more to amongst others: Japan, Sweden, Slovenia, Brazil, Germany and South Africa. Some have been answered, others not (yet).
I started this project because I see that quality has been replaced by quantity in our modern communication. I have Facebook-friends and Instagram-followers from across the globe, with whom I have never had a good conversation or a physical encounter. The time that I have spent on searching for fitting postcards and choosing the right words to bring across my request, makes these connection more mindful than the ones I have online.
Using postcards also gives a physicality to the connection which is lost online. The cards are written by my hand, posted by my hand and via the hands of postmen delivered into the hands of the receiver who reverses the process.
When I have received enough replies I will combine the material given to me into the composition Song of Strangers.