O God! I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams --- William Shakespeare from Hamlet
This piece explores further all the instruments that were used by Richard Boulanger in his well known Trapped in Convert, and also in his later At Last...Free. The instruments are played in the same order and same proportions as appear in Trapped. However the timing, pitches, and durations and other parameters are chosen by values generated by the Henon (chaotic) equation. This equation
This short piano prelude is an algorithmic composition, the third in the Drums and Different Cannons series, mapping chaotic equations into pitch and time. The first two were tape works, but this is the first designed for a live performer. In this case the equation is the Torus equation x" = K sin(x). To me the interest lies in the similar but non-identical repeating patterns, and sudden changes that form cannons.
This version is realised via Rosegarden, Csound and samples.
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Sitting in Detroit Airport (Wright Field) waiting for a flight home from ICMC I found a power point and started an investigation of the 88CET scale. It was a long wait and Wright Field seemed to have no facilities -- food, drink or duty-free shopping.
Prelude; Henon; Gruneberg; Distance; Prelude
The initial idea from which this work spread was a short sequence of notes taken from a mapping of the Henon (chaos) differential equation onto pitch and duration. Certain themes in it suggested to me a piece, which developed into the current manifestation, although it has changed a great deal. The title is an echo of the well known quotation from Thoreau and the repetitive canon like structure of this differential equation. The work is in three movements, the second and third played without a break, with an introductory and closing fanfare.
I've been working on a sound track for a movie that has yet to be made about the Donner Party. This work is in support of the scene when the Donner's are told that they basically have to hack their own path through the Wasatch Mountains, since their guide, Hastings, is a fraud. The shortcut they were enticed to take, the Hastings Cutoff, is bogus. They are told to send someone ahead for further instructions while the main party is to wait until they get back.
A new soundtrack composed by Jeff Taylor for Canto 1 of the 1924 silent film "Die Nibelungen," directed by Fritz Lang.
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