Very happy to announce that I reached over 3,000 SoundCloud plays late last week. As a result I wanted to share a piece I wrote when I had been composing for only about two years. It was before my first premiere and figuring out which college to go to.
In fact, about two weeks ago I entered the Montclair State University library and saw the art that inspired the piece - Jackson Pollock's Convergence. It's been six years since I even thought about it and there it was hanging up on the wall. When I wrote this piece I was thinking about my undergrad and now I was a few years deep in graduate school doing research for the tuba concerto I'm writing. There's only so many coincidences you can witness before you realize they aren't chance.
What impacts me most about Pollock's work is that the seemingly random method comes together to make order out of entropy. This piece is written for six unspecified instruments - all of which are played back by the MIDI on the piano patch. Each line has its own rhythmic and note assignments that fluctuate through the piece when need be - each line has a specific "colour" (talea/colour). Anyways, that's what my goal was when writing this work.
It was work #99 out of the approximate 115 I wrote before starting my composition degree. So, it's "mature" in that chapter of my life but still very much me figuring out how this all works.