Exposiciones : for sampled microtonal Schoenhut toy piano
by Andrián Pertout (2005)
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Exposiciones for Sampled Microtonal Schoenhut Toy Piano is an 'acousmatic' work that attempts to explore the equally-tempered sound world within the context of a sampled microtonal Schoenhut model 6625, 25-key toy piano and a complex polyrhythmic scheme. All equal temperaments between 1 and 24 - essentially functioning as tuning modulations - as well as all polyrhythms (divisible only by 1 and including their inversions) between the ranges of 2 and 15 are presented. In other words, polyrhythmic ratios 3:2 (2:3), 5:2 (2:5), 4:3 (3:4), 5:3 (3:5), and so on - 57 polyrhythmic sets in total, with the last set represented by 15:14 (14:15) - alongside two complementary scales (Indonesian Pélog and Sléndro forms with primary and secondary scale tones, as well as primary and secondary auxiliary tones) shaped via microtonal inflections produced by sequential tuning modulations featuring the first 24 equally-tempered divisions of the octave.
Instrumentation: 4-channel, 5-channel, 6-channel, 7-channel, or 8-channel sound diffusion system required.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Dedication note: Dedicated to Frank Zappa. Hommage à Frank Zappa (1940-1993)
Commission note: Composed for the Extensible Toy Piano Project 4-5 November 2005, Clark University, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Worcester, MA, USA
First performance: Nov 05. The Extensible Toy Piano Project, Razzo Recital Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA.
The optimum method of performance for "Exposiciones" is 7-channel sound diffusion, with a scheme designed around the speaker system available in the performance space of the Razzo Recital Hall at Clark University, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Worcester, MA, USA, although the work may be performed utilising a simple 2-channel system (CD player).
Performances of this work
9 Nov 2013: at Melbourne Composers League (Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton).
4 Sep 09: Music Theatre, School of Music, University of Auckland, New Zealand
9 May 09: Aichi Art Theater, Nagoya, Japan
3 May 09: BRIC Studio Theater, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2 May 09: BRIC Studio Theater, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, USA
23 Mar 09: Cafe Flying Teapot, Ekoda, Tokyo, Japan
15 Mar 09: Ecole Café, Taipei, Taiwan
22 Jan 09: Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, New York, NY, USA. Featuring Phyllis Chen.
16 Nov 08: Residence for a Briard, Culver City, California, USA
1 Nov 08: Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Philadelphia, USA
5 Jun 08: Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY, USA
14 May 08: Warehouse Art Factory, Athens, Greece
29 Mar 08: Lyman Hall, Pomona College Department of Music, Claremont, California, USA
6 Feb 08: The Tank, New York, NY, USA
25 Oct 07: Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA
20 Oct 07: Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
29 Sep 07: Casa Sandia, Chicago, Illinois, USA
18 Apr 07: Amsterdam Conservatory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
31 Mar 07: Sofa Art Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
31 Mar 07: Sofa Art Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Featuring Phyllis Chen.
4 Mar 07: Performing Arts Center, Department of Music, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA
17 Dec 06: Axes/Jazzpower, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
24 Oct 06: Logos Tetrahedron, Ghent, Belgium
14 Oct 06: Centro Cultural de España, Santiago, Chile
17 Sep 06: The Greenmill, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1 Sep 06: Sofa Art Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
11 Jul 06: Scott Theatre, Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia
28 May 06: Dizzy’s Jazz Bar, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia
22 Apr 06: Sofa Art Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
14 Apr 06: Ford Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Featuring Phyllis Chen.
31 Mar 06: St. Neighborhood Unaitarian Church, Pasadena, CA, USA
10 Mar 06: Museo de Ron, Habana, Cuba
Nov 05: The Extensible Toy Piano Project, Razzo Recital Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA.
2 Nov 05: 2 November, 2005, Olney Hall, La Salle University, Department of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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