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Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Recordings | 0 comments

Real Girl

I’ve added a new recording to the Audio page. It’s the first time I’ve consciously written a song using the lattice. The chord progression is especially influenced by how it appears visually. I was moving colored bits of glass around throughout the process, aiming for beauty, tension and resolution. The music tells a small story, of a journey around the map.

The lattice seems to create a connection between the auditory and the visual. The forms and movements are beautiful, like chess moves are beautiful. The auditory beauty tracks somehow with the visual beauty. How it looks can be used to predict how it will sound.

Real Girl:realgirl5

 

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Just Intonation, Recordings, The Lattice | 11 comments

Flying Dream on YouTube

This may have been the most intense art project of my life. Some time early in 2012, I got it into my head to create a stop-motion animation of my song Flying Dream, moving in harmonic space. I’ve spent the past five months working like crazy on it. The song is carefully arranged using the lattice of fifths and thirds, sung and played in just intonation, and animated using colored lenses, rice paper and a flashlight.

If it doesn’t play smoothly, don’t hesitate to lower the resolution. It survives scaling well, and the timing is crucial.

This video encompasses almost everything I’ve learned in the past couple of years. I will be writing much more about it. Meanwhile, here are a couple of external links about the basic subjects:

just intonation

lattice (music)

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