Chorus for Untrained Operator is a collection of discarded objects. Each has been relieved of its original responsibilities, rewired, and transformed to emphasize its musical voice. The ensemble is controlled through the patchbay of a 1940s Western Electric switchboard.
Chorus was commissioned by the Creative Arts Council at Brown University and was first installed in the Cohen Gallery at the Granoff Center in Providence RI. The following summer it was installed outdoors at the Caramore Center for Music and the Arts in New York. The characteristics of the different spaces greatly influenced how the chorus sounded and how people interacted with the installation, resulting in two very different pieces.