Texture A / Texture B / Texture C
Music works for heavily amplified chamber ensembles and electronics
for viola, piano, bass clarinet, bassoon, electric guitar and electronics, 2018
for string trio, 2019
for violin, cello, electric guitar, and vibraphone, 2021
“Texture” is a series of electrified chamber music works that involve a digital algorithm, which produces micro rhythmic detail out of an “organic,” humanly made, instrumental, sustained sonic body. There is an enormous contrast in pace between the two collaborating entities: the instrumentalists realize a score based on repetition and variation at an extreme slow tempo, while the algorithm operates at an inhumanly fast speed. The essence of the series is that which emerges as a result: a sonic texture that holds an ambiguous position between micro rhythm and timbre – a texture that could not have been created by instrumentalists alone, nor by an algorithm alone. At the series’ base lies a python algorithm – written using Brian House’s BRAID – which basically switches the incoming audio signals from the instrumentalists on and off following a programmed set of rhythm data.
All elements of the series (so far, A, B, C) pursue a slightly different interest in the kind of rhythm that they investigate – the rhythmic spectrum ranging from utmost fast, timbre-like rhythm to out-of-phase rhythm, to beats vaguely referencing African American derived electronic dance music styles.
“Texture A” specifically unfolds a gradual process from fast to slow over the course of its 22-minute duration. While it first produces a timbre that may be distant to many ears, it gradually reveals, by slowing down, the rhythmic fragments that it is made of.
Texture A was premiered by Virginia Arancio, Jordan Dykstra, Elise Jacoberger, Simone Keller, and Ernesto Molinari at Musikfestival at Dampfzentrale Bern in 2018.
Texture B was premiered by Myra Hinrichs, Carrie Frey, Helen Newby and their Chartreuse Ensemble, at Brown University Providence in 2019.
Texture C was premiered by Verdant Vibes in a live streamed online performance out of Providence, RI, in 2021.