Friday, March 13, 2009

Richard Youngs - 171 Used Train Tickets (Fusetron, 2003)

Could be seen as an oddball piece for Richard Youngs, who can sometimes come off a bit austere when on his own. As a preamble to a 1990 A-Band performance in Nottingham, Youngs appeared onstage armed with a handful of train tickets, 171 in number, and proceeded to read them, really giving it his all. Youngs' traveling routine was far from impressive at the time and thus most stations receive frequent mention, lending a hypnotic, almost circular effect to the reading, not dissimilar to Ben Patterson's "A Simple Opera". Probably fits into Youngs' overall air more so than I'm giving credit.

171 Used Train Tickets

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