Ben Glas: Music For Goldfish by Ben Glas
1 November 2020 - 31 December 2019
“Music For Goldfish” is an experiential experiment which investigates the individual listener’s subjective cognition, memory, attention span and relativity. The content of this piece is comprised of 78 9 second sinetone triads. 78 is the number of all possible triads between low C and high C on a standard MIDI keyboard. The length of the 78 triad drones is inspired by the hypothesized span of an ordinary goldfish’s memory and attention span. This tongue in cheek experiment, whether it proves to be valid or not, was initially inspired by the urban myth that goldfish have a 9 second attention span and that the average human, in the contemporary attention economy and digital age, has roughly 8.25 seconds of proverbial awareness.
The album itself is an absurdist concept based on aleatoric music in the digital age. When played in order, the length of this piece is just short of 12 minutes. However, if the piece is shuffled via a media player of your choosing, the piece becomes immeasurably larger than life. The randomized piece results in 1.132428 x 10115 possible outcomes.
There is a 1 in 1.132428 x 10115 chance that you will hear the same sequence twice.
Statistically speaking, every sequence that you are about to hear has never been heard before.