Most likely of interest to no-one, I’ve knocked up a little spreadsheet to help calculate string harmonics on a prepared piano.
If you set the partial number, it gives you the sounding pitch. If you calibrate the string length, it gives you the node location.
Download the Excel .xlsx spreadsheet
A recording of my new work Escapement (2014), the premiere was given last week by the LSTwo student ensemble.
From the program note:
Escapement frames a performance caught in a recursive, and slowly constricting loop. The simple gesture of a descending chromatic line becomes obfuscated and fragmented as time freezes, sticks, slips and repeats ad nauseum.
The title is taken from J.G. Ballard’s 1956 short story, in which the protagonist finds himself stuck in a temporal loop, reliving the same period of time over and over, each time getting shorter.
Rehearsals going well for my new piece ‘Escapement’. Short clip from today below:
New score (.pdf , 25mb) for eight voices parametrically controlled with noise-terrain amplitude envelopes.
Brushing off the cobwebs with a couple of Ithaca Trio concerts in March:
Just finished the first rehearsal of my new piece, Escapement with the LSTwo ensemble. Extremely slow and quiet.
The score for Vermilion Sands is now online here (.pdf, 13.5mb).
for flute, violin, violoncello and percussion.
Inspired by Ballardian landscapes, the score’s parametric control values were parsed from ‘dystopian’ terrains, generated from Perlin noise textures (title image).
As many of you know, the inimitable Home Normal have released a little album of mine from the early Ithaca Trio vaults. Recorded in early 2009, this is radically different from last year’s New Music from the Delta Quadrant on Hibernate.
Solo piano and tape loops, this is some real lo-fi, dreamy-ass, floaty-ass shit. Oh, and it looks amazing. Damn right, you’ll love it:
You can listen here:
I’ve got a few copies going, £8 + p&p. Email me if you’d like a copy and we’ll work it out over paypal. ollie [dot] thurley [at] googlemail [dot] com or buy via my discogs profile.
Just finishing up a new piece (currently unnamed). First attempt at scoring by hand, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. Even if it has taken me forever. Thought I’d share some detail images:
Once the performance notes are written I’ll upload a proper scan.