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Michael Pisaro

An unrhymed chord

Label: Edition Wandelweiser

Format: CDx2

Genre: Experimental

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an unrhymed chord is a deceptively simple piece. from the score we see that each performer picks a single sound, sustains this sound for one to fifteen minutes in each half of the piece, and that amplitude is inversely proportional to duration. it does not seem like much in the way of instructions for a piece that lasts just over an hour.  however, after I started making a realization I quickly realized how dynamic the situation the piece presents actually is.  I had never heard a music quite like it: a continuously shifting harmonic mass where a sound could be clearly present, disappear, and reappear at a later point sounding markedly different. at other times the addition or subtraction of a sound would make a sound that had been present not disappear but bend slightly. all of this is accomplished by the inverse relationship between amplitude and duration, and like an elegant mathematical proof, it simply has to be this way in order to function. for this version I used a wide array of percussion instruments, household items and found objects (metal, stone, clay, ceramic and skin).  all of the sounds, of which there are seventy, were made by friction—either by bow, stick or hand.
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Cat. number: EWR 0801-2
Year: 2010

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