The internet home of Varispeed

Varispeed is a collective of composer-performers that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events.

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Perfect Lives

Varispeed first formed in 2011 to perform an off-the-cuff, site-specific rendition of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives. They have subsequently performed the piece with increasingly complex arrangements.

One Minute Operas

In late 2011, Varispeed made a series of recordings, each around a minute in length, that dealt operatically with the lives of friends, relatives, supporters of our early ventures.

Empty Words

In 2012, Varispeed performed the rarely seen John Cage mediation on speech Empty Words, initially as a 12-hour overnight moving performance and subsequently in excerpt at The Stone in September.

Other Projects

Other Varispeed projects have included Art Jarvinen's Adult Party Games and Robert Ashley's last opera, Crash.

"Varispeed did a phenomenal job of taking Perfect Lives apart, putting it back together their own way, and keeping the spirit completely intact." - Kyle Gann