The Thousand Faces of Form

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Program notes

The Thousand Faces of Form was written for the Kitchener-Waterloo symphony as part of an "Intersections" concert curated by Krista Blake. It is a collaborative work with Nathan Selikoff, who provided live visualizations at the concert. The piece is five movements, the first three of which are played without pause, each based on a simple visual metaphor.

  1. Static
  2. Thread
  3. Shape
  4. Rain
  5. Echoes

On a more technical level, there is a lot of fancy geometrical theory under the hood. Almost all of the important musical material is structurally analogous, drawn from a series of similar structures found throughout geometrical chord space. The theory here is entirely new, and I ended up writing some custom software to work with these structures. Nathan's amazing visuals echoed these structural relationships, providing a second way to understand the underlying relationships.

Instrumentation: Orchestra (2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, hp., two percussion, strings)