Pendulum Music Pendulum Music (For Microphones, Amplifiers Speakers and Performers) is the name of a work by Steve Reich, involving suspended microphones and speakers, creating phasing feedback tones. The piece was composed in August 1968 and revised in May 1973, and is an example of process music. Overview Reich came up with the concept while working at the University of Colorado. He was swinging a live microphone in the style of the cowboy's lasso, and noting the produced feedback, he composed for an "orchestra" of microphones. Three or more microphones are suspended above the speakers by means of a cable and stand.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Plot Overview On their weekly walk, an eminently sensible, trustworthy lawyer named Mr. Utterson listens as his friend Enfield tells a gruesome tale of assault. The tale describes a sinister figure named Mr. Hyde who tramples a young girl, disappears into a door on the street, and reemerges to pay off her relatives with a check signed by a respectable gentleman. Since both Utterson and Enfield disapprove of gossip, they agree to speak no further of the matter. Process music Basic rhythm from Clapping Music by Steve Reich, which is played against itself. First in rhythmic 'unison', then with one part moved behind an eighth note, then another, and so on, till they are back together—an example of Nyman's process-type 4. Play first two patterns, abbreviated.
AIGA Design Archives - +id:763 VAS: An Opera in Flatland is a collaborative novel by Steve Tomasula and Stephen Farrell. VAS chronicles Square, Oval, and the other inhabitants of Flatland as they ?nd themselves slipping into a post-biological future in which lying down with the scalpel is as common as buying and selling genes. Elliott Carter He was extremely productive in his later years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and 100, and over 20 more after he turned 100 in 2008. His last work, Epigrams for piano trio, was completed on August 13, 2012. Biography Elliott Cook Carter Jr. was born in Manhattan on December 11, 1908, the son of a wealthy lace importer. Carter's father was Elliott Carter Sr. and his mother was the former Florence Chambers.
The Storyteller From Modernism Lab Essays by Leo Hall Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Storyteller” concerns itself with the incommunicability of experiences in the modern world. HISTORY 204 - THE REACTION AGAINST SERIALISM 1. Ascendancy of serialism in 1950's -- It was the only show in town - i.e. it was the dominant form of "new music" (except for Cage and a few American crazies) - everything else was "old hat" - Even successful composers like Copland, Britten and Stravinsky gave it a try Reaction against serialism took at least 4 forms: 1. Texture music - Ligeti, Penderecki
Alberto Hernández enhances R. L. Stevenson’s, Features — The Publishing Lab According to Peter Brooks “narrating is never innocent, telling a story can change a life […] narrative is a vital and necessary element of our lives” . Stories are an important aspect of culture and, indeed, storytelling was probably one of the earliest forms of entertainment. The idea for the “Hybrid Novels” project came up after a long search through piles of books for adults, particularly novels, where I noted that barely any of them contained imagery. I wondered about this. I assumed that the older we get the less we are able to “read“ images, and that generally people tend to think the inclusion of images diminishes good writing. I wondered about the lack of illustrated adult books — why is this so, if we learn to read images before we learn to read words?
Brain, Body and Mind: Understanding Consciousness A bedside device that measures ‘brain signatures’ could help diagnose patients who have consciousness disorders – such as a vegetative state – to work out the best course of treatment and to support family counselling. In 10 minutes, Srivas Chennu can work out what’s going on inside your head. With the help of an electrode-studded hairnet wired up to a box that measures patterns of electrical activity, he can monitor the firing of millions of neurons deep within the brain. A few minutes later, wheeling his trolley-held device away, he has enough information to tell how conscious you really are. What Chennu is looking for with his electroencephalogram (EEG) is the brain’s electrical ‘signature’. At any one moment in the body’s most complex organ, networks of neurons are firing up and creating ‘brain waves’ of electrical activity that can be detected through the scalp net.
Aleatoric music - Scorepedia Aleatoric music (also aleatory music or chance music; from the Latin word alea, meaning "dice") is music in which some element of the composition is left to chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work's realization is left to the determination of its performer(s). The term is most often associated with procedures in which the chance element involves a relatively limited number of possibilities. The term became known to European composers through lectures by acoustician Werner Meyer-Eppler at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music in the beginning of the 1950s. According to his definition, "a process is said to be aleatoric ... if its course is determined in general but depends on chance in detail" (Meyer-Eppler 1957, 55).
Shaker Loops for string septet (1978) Shaker Loops was composed in the fall of 1978 using fragments from a string quartet, Wavemaker, written earlier in that year. First performance: December, 1978 in Hellman Hall, San Francisco by the New Music Ensemble of the San Francisco Conservatory, conducted by the composer. The version for string orchestra was made in 1983 and first performed in April of that year at Tully Hall, New York, by the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The original "modular" score, published by Associated Music Publisher, has since been withdrawn and replaced by the 1983 "string orchestra" version. The "string orchestra" version can be played either by a septet of soloists or by a string orchestra of any size.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or Tristram Shandy) is a humorous novel by Laurence Sterne. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next seven years (vols. 3 and 4, 1761; vols. 5 and 6, 1762; vols. 7 and 8, 1765; vol. 9, 1767). It purports to be a biography of the eponymous character. Its style is marked by digression, double entendre, and graphic devices. Sterne had read widely, which is reflected in Tristram Shandy. Many of his similes, for instance, are reminiscent of the works of the metaphysical poets of the 17th century, and the novel as a whole, with its focus on the problems of language, has constant regard to John Locke's theories in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Arthur Schopenhauer cited Tristram Shandy as one of the greatest novels ever written.
Musica ricercata Musica ricercata is a set of eleven pieces for piano by György Ligeti. The work was composed from 1951 to 1953, shortly after the composer began lecturing at the Budapest Academy of Music. The work premiered on November 18, 1969 in Sundsvall, Sweden. Although the ricercata (or ricercar) is an established contrapuntal style (and the final movement of the work is in that form), Ligeti's title should probably be interpreted literally as "researched music" or "sought music". This work captures the essence of Ligeti's search to construct his own compositional style ex nihilo, and as such presages many of the more radical directions Ligeti would take in the future.
Finnegans Wake This article is about the book. For the street ballad after which it is named, see Finnegan's Wake. Despite the obstacles, readers and commentators have reached a broad consensus about the book's central cast of characters and, to a lesser degree, its plot.