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Title: In order and out of time: Compositions exploring processes, polymeters and balance
Authors: Gisby, Steven David
Advisors: Muenz, H
Croft, J
Keywords: Rhythmic complexity;Minimalism;Mathematical structure;Repetitive music
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Brunel University School of Arts PhD Theses
Abstract: These compositions explore concepts based on processes and polymeter. Drawing on influences ranging from Steve Reich to Conlon Nancarrow and Nik Bärtsch they use and develop an approach to rhythmic thinking based on ostinati constructed of layers of different speeds. Through the use of click tracks, they look at how an ensemble can be enabled to perform rhythms that, without the electronic support, would be unplayable – crossing a line between the possible and the impossible. By means of processes built on a number of different ideas, the pieces explore how these can be used to affect both the behaviour and evolution of musical material, as well as using them to create fixed structures within which I then move subjectively and more intuitively. The question of balance, of moving between two points or approaches that are seemingly opposites, has also been examined: looking at how the journey affects the destination, where the simple becomes complex, and where personal meets impersonal.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University.
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