alphabeta (2010)

alphabeta takes the shape of three introductions and three episodes. In each introduction, an “alphabet” is defined by matching a limited number of percussion sounds with their piano “equivalents” (a low-resolution copy of the pitch content of the percussion sound, analyzed in software). This flattening out of the richness of the percussion timbres into equal-tempered piano chords is for me both reductive (due to the extreme loss of information) and illuminating (as the connection between the two is actually perceptible, even so).

The episodes then string these basic units together in a series of increasingly elaborate contexts, built on abstracted metaphors of “song,” “speech,” and “music”.

alphabeta is dedicated to yarn | wire.

instrumentation: piano 4-hands and 2 percussion
duration: 7'
date: 2010

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