This is my ‘score’ for JC273. I wrote instructions for the content and layout of the book yesterday, using chance operations to determine the content and layout of each page. This isn’t the full score yet, but it tells me a lot about the 273 pages: if a page is blank (b), contains text (t) or graphics, if the graphics are a single-pixel color (c), a pixel extraction on a color background (cp), or just a pixel extraction (p). I also used chance operations to tell me where the chapters dividers are; I was surprised (and happy) to find out that there will be a one-page chapter (page 234).
It also begins to tell me about the layout of the 160 graphics pages; if the pixels are centered on the page or not (if not, the graphics will be maxed to the horizontal or vertical dimension of the page and will align top/left, center, or bottom/right; TBD).
And it tells me that there will be 52 text pages. I’ve selected four texts and I’m using chance operations to choose the number of lines, words and sentence fragments for each page. Not sure how the layout of the text pages will work yet, typography, etc. The four texts are:
- The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise (Miron Elisha Hard, 1908)
- “On Memory and Recollection” (Aristotle, 350 BC, 1938 English translation by W.S. Hett)
- “Lecture on Nothing” (John Cage, delivered 1959, published in Silence, Lectures and Writings by John Cage 1961)
- 194 conversation fragments recorded in the driveway of the John Cage Trust on August 22, 2011