Variations on a Variation


Variations on a variation, 2014
Looped sound played on MP3 Player

Variations on a Variation is a sound and device experiment made by taking Brian Eno’s “Fullness of Wind (Variation On ‘The Canon in D Major’ by Johann Pachelbel),” dividing the 10-minute audio track into 1000 parts, and using the mp3 player shuffle and loop functions, all in order to create a new way of thinking about composition and experiencing sound.

The result is a never-ending and continuously morphing soundscape.

Forced into repeatedly playing and re-ordering the same 1000 short audio tracks, the mp3 player has no choice but to create, again-and-again, new variations of an already twice famous classical composition.

The example played here is just one of the MP3 player’s variations.