Mueller is an “extreme sightreading” work in which each of the 448 pages of the redacted Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III appear in front of the ensemble on average for 270 milliseconds. Performers are asked to react the this “score” as quickly as possible, responding only to the redactions and colours. The brief 2 minute duration of the work, the reaction to what is hidden and moments of colour, reflects reaction to the real report, that is thought to have been read by about 3% of the US population.
Below is a podcast episode where percussionist Louise Devenish talks to Lindsay Vickery about his work and being part of 2 Minutes from Home.
#6: Lindsay Vickery – ‘Mueller’
Lindsay Vickery is a composer Composer and performer, whose work includes works for acoustic and electronic instruments in interactive-electronic, improvised or fully notated settings, ranging from solo pieces to opera and has been commissioned by numerous groups for concert, dance and theatre.
He is a founder member of ensembles GreyWing (2016-), Decibel (2009-), HEDKIKR (2001-) and Magnetic Pig (1993-2003). He writes and presents on a range of topics, most recently on the emergence of the “screenscore”, nonlinear music and the realisation of Cage’s music, in publications/conferences. He is coordinator of Composition and Music Technology at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University.
Lindsay is a founding member of Decibel who performs clarinets and saxophones, and has written many works for the group.