Not By Halves : for four sustaining instruments
by Damien Ricketson (2015)
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Not by Halves continues my interest in the 'open-form' in music. That is, music in which there is no single version, but rather a deliberate multitude of possible versions. In the tradition of John Zorn's 'game pieces', Not by Halves is a text-based work: a set of rules that governs the way in which performers cooperate without specifying exactly how they should sound. Scored for any quartet of homogenous instruments and looking more like a flowchart than a traditional score, the game plays out in two halves (plus a half-time intermezzo), whereby the musicians try to halve prevailing musical structures such as pitch and rhythm that in turn triggers chains of interactions and musical patterns.
-- Damien Ricketson
Instrumentation: A rule-based musical environment for four similar-sounding sustaining instruments. (For example: 4 wind players, string quartet, 4 electric guitars, etc.)
Duration: 7 min.
Commission note: Commissioned for Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned by Musify+Gamify
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Open score, game-piece, John Zorn
Flexible duration 6-10 mins.
Not by halves
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