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dedicated to
Guildhall composers and professors
past, present and future
Matthew Lee Knowles
September 2008
1. Find someone, dance around them for about eight
seconds then run away. 9. Choose a location and look at it. Imagine
walking over to that location.
2. Find a medium sized/weighted object and drop it,
pick it up with your left hand, drop it again 10.Close your eyes and jump in the air. If you
then pick it up with your right hand. come back down again, give yourself a prize.

3. Say the alphabet out loud in many different 11.Throw something across the floor,
voices. walk very slowly to pick it up.

4. Whisper the alphabet, but shout these letters: 12.Stand still, close your eyes, imagine whatever
A, C, E, G, H, J, N, O. you wish.

5. Eat this piece of paper. 13.Collect together a handful of keys -

shake them vigorously for eight seconds.
6. Screw up this piece of paper and throw it to
someone, so that they can catch it. 14.Obtain a hot tea or coffee, explain to someone
how hot it is then pretend to drink it.
7. Shred this piece of paper into many pieces and
drop it to the floor. Pick up all the pieces 15.State your name, sex, occupation and age
apologetically. in as regimented a voice as you can manage.

8. Using your hands, create sound.

16.Walk up to a wall so that your face is almost 22.Empty the contents of your pockets or bag onto
touching it: sing and sustain a note for at an open surface.
least twenty seconds.
23.Do something for eight seconds.
17.Walk up to a wall so that your face is almost
touching it: choose any number and say it out 24.Make loud sounds for eight seconds.
25.Put your right arm down by your side, close your
Then add five to the number and say the
eyes, move your right arm up, stretched above
resultant figure. Keep doing this until you
your head.
want to stop.
Without opening your eyes,
18.Walk. Each step you take should be bigger than look at where you think your hand is.
the previous. At this point you may choose whether
or not you wish to open your eyes.
19.Share a bag of crisps/sweets/grapes with
friends. 26.Walk up a flight of stairs very slowly.

20.Hug someone, for just a little bit

27.Walk up a flight of stairs two at a time.
longer than is comfortable.

21.You are going to be executed. You are allowed 28.Walk up a flight of stairs three at a time.
to sing one final piece of music before you die.
29.Walk up a flight of stairs - clap your hands at 35.One person in a group says a word beginning with
every new step and clap excitedly when you get the letter ‘a’, another person says a word
to the top. beginning with the letter ‘b’ - this continues,
in no particular order.
30.Close your eyes and walk up a flight of stairs. Letters can be repeated, only when it is their
time to occur (example:
31.Sing a duet with a hand drier in the toilets.
32.Go to the café bar and sing your order to the person
36.Read the last text from your phone out
serving you.
loud to as many people as you can find.

37.Gather as many people as you can around you,

33.Walk down one set of stairs leading to the café
shouting that there will be a performance.
bar and up the other.
When everyone is ready,
Repeat this as many times as you wish.
tell them that the performance is over.

34.A group of people gather round a table without 38.Find a soprano singer and ask them to perform
speaking. At the same time they all start Mozart’s ‘Queen of the Night’ aria.
banging rhythms with the palms of their hands.
39.Make one high sound, then one low sound.
They stop as soon as one other person stops.
Now make two high sounds and two low sounds.
Continue this pattern as long as you wish.
47.Go to the library, find a book about Chopin and
open to page thirty−nine, read aloud the last
40.Take a pen and paper. Write something on the
word of the page
paper. Say it out loud.
or the first word of the next page.
41.Take something out of your pocket, hold it In
48.Go to the library and ask the person working
front of you and walk slowly, mumbling to
there if they have any books on Palestrina or
42.Your knees fail you!
49.Take a newspaper and screw up every page into a
ball. Put all of this in your pockets, down
43.You hold your breath for twenty to thirty
your top and trousers.

50.A person sees something they like.

44.Imagine a woman giving birth. Choose one of the
sounds you might expect to hear and repeat it as
51.A person participates in an action which
many times as you wish.
creates sound, however minimal or conceptual.
45.Sit on the floor.
52.You empty a small packet of sugar into the
palm of your hand and squeeze.
46.Choose a page of a book/diary/leaflet etc
and read one sentence out loud.
53.You think long and hard about becoming a ghost.
54.You very carefully demonstrate the act of loving
oneself. 63.Find some text and sing or speak it.

55.A man walks past a woman. A woman walks past a 64.Speak in a language you do not know or
man. understand.

56.You pick up a piece of paper - 65.If you are gay say the word: “Vrantybaraniantz”.
the paper weighs more than you do. If straight, the word: “Grantabaristihsianq”.
If bisexual: “Banqsthisqrantianshah”.
57.Make five different sounds with your hands over If transgender: “Cranthiqzaranthss”.
your face. If unsure: “Prantharhsitharyz”.
If you believe such categories
58.If you can whistle, do so. should be avoided, say nothing.

59.Do something for eight seconds which makes you 66.Speak a sentence, with each word
happy. being in a different language.

60.Do something which lasts between 67.Say out loud the longest word you can think of.
eight seconds and three years.
68.Speak only using vowels, as quickly as possible.
61.Move backwards, with heavy footsteps.
69.Tell a beautifully absurd joke, in the direction
62.Stand on one leg and sing any national anthem. of a month.
70.Emulate a mule drinking a latte, late at night,
sat in yoghurt, singing a single pitch, reading
74.Think about writing, whilst at war in Helsinki,
greeting kings and standing on your legs.

71.Consider the downside of an outsider shooting an 75.Close you eyes, imagine something nice
Arab man, whilst eating chips and having fully happening.
protected sex under a red light, keeping Open your eyes - repeat until something nice
distance from anyone wishing to learn their happens.
76.Find a friend and use them as you
might use a musical instrument.
72.Discuss sports, In particular - school ground
bullying and blowing onto printed words moving 77.If you wish to know the age you will die at,
across a smooth surface. calculate the following: Take away your current
age from 1000.

73.Participate in creation, French cuisine, 78.Go to the toilet to piss or shit.

geography, microscopic organisms, traditional
Indian instruments and the praising of very 79.Take off one shoe and fill it with love.
young children.
80.The realisation that the music in these 88.Make a call on a mobile phone, if the person
events starts in the mind and ends in the mind. answers,
ask them if it is raining, then hang up
81.Drink something traditional. immediately.

82.Mock someone, then apologise and touch them 89.Put your hands in your pockets. If you do not
gently. have any,
Mock them again. put your hands in someone else’s pockets.

83.Compete, complete and compartmentalise. 90.Shout “Eureka!” then start crying.

84.Oscillate between a high sound and a low sound. 91.WTOSMEODSTARPEVEIYSYENPE

85.Take a book and exclaim loudly that 92.3572478122029512364870610108192623416934795

you have read it several times.
93.Tie something to nothing using anything.
86.Imagine a mountain and then a hill.
Is your life really that bad? 94.Consider knowing that you are insane,
then consider what it means to be insane.
87.Look into something reflective.
95.Introduce some vegetables to a fisherman
who stands on them clumsily, twice.
96.Take a sudoku puzzle, fill in the gaps
with random numbers, quickly and excitedly.

97.Quote any part of any religious text, then


98.Say hello to someone you don’t know.

99.Make an anagram out of your name.

100.Put some food on your face and test how

long it takes for someone to notice and tell

Matthew Lee Knowles


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