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2 note, rhythm-only composition
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:00:36 PM »
I find it satisfying to work with restricted means as an experiment. For instance I've been working on compositions that use only two notes. (Or you could use two percussion instruments.) You don't have much you can do with melody, but a lot you can do with rhythm, tempo & meter, and dynamics. What's it like to create a larger form in this way?

I've got something in progress. This is only half-done, but it illustrates some of the issues I'm working with in form. It has a lot of rhythms that seem regular on the surface, although I'm working carefully with creating irregular phrase length and avoiding four-squareness. I'm also working on making

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Re: 2 note, rhythm-only composition
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 02:06:47 PM »

November Second (written Nov 2nd 2005)

This is for four hand drums (I know more than your two); but does give another example of use of limited resources.

(Note: The title is simple the day I wrote the piece, I never did come up with a better title)

Heat Death of the Universe, The  (also from 2005)

This is for solo bass clarinet and makes us of five pitch classes.  In other words I only use five notes, but do use them in several different octaves.
However one of the notes (pitches) is only used once, so the piece is realy based on four pitch classes (four notes, used in any octave) with just one exception.
The MP3 file is HEAVILY processed with echos and delays. But the piece does work without all of the effects processing, but I currently do not have
recording on line right now.

Just two examples of working with limited parameters.