For my score, Train, I decided to play with the concept of scores themselves. The score instructs the person who is reading it to copy the score, but change one word. They then give their new score to another person. There are no restrictions on which words they can change; this results in some interesting behavior related to what words people choose to change. The title of the score, Train, refers to the trail of scores that one score generates, as well as the tendency of the score to “derail” from its original instructions to the point where it can no longer proceed.
I enacted my score in class, and I produced several “Trains” by distributing copies of my original score around the classroom. I observed some fascinating behaviors in regards to how the score progressed. First, many people did not follow the instructions on the card given to them. For example, some cards were changed to say “Give away your pen,” but few people did so. Additionally, there was a tendency to copy and pass the cards even when the instructions did not say to do so. I believe this was because the people copying the cards had seen the previous person doing so as well, and copied their card because they believed that was an implicit instruction in the score. Overall, however, the score progressed very well, and it was entertaining to see what people changed the instructions to (at one point an instruction read “Eat your shirt”).