A Few Kaepernicks/Every National Anthem Except the US (Black MIDI) (2016)
for player piano, sports whistle, stopwatch, Kaepernick jersey, and computer
A Few Kaepernicks is a performance based on American football player Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 refusal to stand for the US national anthem. Kaepernick’s gesture is reversioned as an instance of John Cage’s famous act of artistic negation, 4'33", alongside references to other experimental music works. Finally, using software typically associated with “black MIDI”—the musical subculture originating recently in Japan characterized by extremely dense MIDI compositions—the performance concludes with the simultaneous playback of every national anthem except for that of the United States.