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Blue Gene Tyranny

Take Your Time

Label: Lovely Music

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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2003 release. A CD of works for solo piano from "Blue" Gene Tyranny. Thirty-five of the 36 songs in this "audio storyboard" are individually built around an atmospheric primary chord, counter-rhythms, and a body of notes which creates a potential melody that unfolds bit by bit. The Driver's Son is scored for a narrator, a chorus of five people creating fifteen voices, an electronically modified orchestra of folk and concert instruments and parts for a lighting designer and a live video animator known as "The Guide". The realization for electro-magnetically stimulated piano (1993) heard here employs feedback circuit devices, designed by composer David Meschter, that initiate subtle sustaining tones when placed on the strings. The slowly appearing, ethereal sounds in this piece are "artificial harmonics" that resonate high in the piano strings when one chord is silently depressed and another chord of the same form but a half-step lower is loudly struck and quickly released. 36 of these, interlaced with 36 "natural harmonics", were recorded and then the initial loud attack was removed with computer editing. This procedure left a bed of subtle, non-corporeal sounds that seem to lie on the surface of the strings like a cloud, and allowed listeners to hear sounds that normally are only perceived by the pianist sitting a few feet away from the strings.
Cat. number: LCD 1066
Year: 2002

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