The work has between 4 and 8 wind musicians (preferably no instrument played by more than one person) who play to/at un-popped popcorn kernels in hope that the quality of the sound waves produced by the instruments will pop the kernels. Some recommended instruments are: bagpipes, piccolo, trombone, trumpet or cornet or flugelhorn, Alpine horn or didgeridoo, baritone or bass saxophone.
Conditions of Production
The musicians must be classically trained to above amateur standard. The musical line up must include bagpipes, and a trombonist as well is preferred. The musicians may play in concert or as soloists. The popcorn kernels should be scattered around on the floor in the performance space to a medium density — looking neither carpet-like nor accidental.