• Florida Contemporary Music Festival (UF), 3/15/14
• Erickson Clock, Atlanta, 3/9/14
• University of Georgia, 3/1/14
Keys for piano, percussion, electronics, etc. (2 players) is a daydream on the various connotations of the word "key." Keyboard instruments are employed, as well as other objects that involve keys, but the allusions to tonal centers and musical genres are equally important to the conception of the work. It was written in 2013 for Chamber Cartel.
Fixed media and click track files available upon request.
Recording by Chamber Cartel (Amy O'Dell and Caleb Herron):
Live performance by Chamber Cartel (Amy O'Dell and Caleb Herron) at the University of Florida, 3/15/14
This was my dissertation piece for the University of Florida. More information on my research can be found here.
The pitch structure for Keys is based upon an octatonic scale (E F G G# A# B C# D), from which I derived modal collections based on E, C#, A#, and G. I was able to create incomplete Phrygian, Dorian, Lydian, and Mixolydian scales for each of these, and the pitch language represents a journey through all of them. Some of these scales overlap or even briefly imply other tonal centers.
The piece contains a few closely related motives, which are transposed to different modes and sometimes intervallically stretched. With the overall pitch scheme in place, I generated a set of random numbers that dictated when the next event would occur, which performer would play, which motive would appear, and in what transposition. From this randomly- generated structure, I began to refine the piece intuitively. I let confluences of certain motives, moments of long silence, and other factors influence the direction of each section, feeling free to extend or subtract, eventually deciding to include a number of brief 'solos' for the various instruments (and eventually, the tape part).
The tape was created by taking the same MIDI file and creating versions with various free samples of electric and pipe organs, electric pianos, harpsichord, carillon, and Mellotron. It is intended to act as a third player, using instruments that would be impractical to tour with, due to rarity, cost, or size. But their presence is important in enriching this exploration of "keys."