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Sesenta cuatro campanas : for harmonically tuned sampled Schoenhut toy piano and twelve-speaker sound diffusion

by Andrián Pertout (2007)

Also known as: Sixty-four bells

Audio Sample

Performance by Andrián Pertout from the CD Symétrie intégrante

Symétrie intégrante


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Symétrie intégrante / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. CD 1950 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Sesenta cuatro campanas or Sixty-four Bells represents an attempt to explore the harmonic series as a structural framework for composition with a direct relationship to the rhythmic and harmonic implications of the numerical aspects of the series. All the necessary pitch material for the work has been produced via the detuning of one single Schoenhut model 6625, 25-key toy piano C4 (middle C) sample within the internal memory of an Akai S3000XL Midi Stereo Digital Sampler. The sample tuned firstly to standard A=440Hz twelve-tone equal temperament, to be then readjusted, enabling the capture of the frequency ratios of the first thirty-two partials of harmonic and subharmonic series. The fact that the scheme is centred at the thirty-second mark, and that unique identities are odd-numbered essentially produces a sixteen-bar structure with a demarcation of a seventeen-note 31-limit simultaneous sonority at the core.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Harmonically tuned sampled Schoenhut toy piano and twelve-speaker sound diffusion.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

First performance: 12 Jul 08. ACMC 2008 (Australasian Computer Music Conference), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia.

Joint winner of the 2009 UnTwelve 1st Annual Composition Competition (Chicago, IL, USA).

Performances of this work

18 Mar 11: Ives Hall, Lewis University, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, USA

1 Feb 11: Bryan Recital Hall, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

21 Dec 10: George Enesco Concert Hall, National University of Music Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

8 Dec 10: List Arts Center Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA

17 Nov 10: Media Arts Video Studio, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

13 Nov 10: Salt Gallery, New York, USA

26 Oct 10: 21st Biannual International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Levenson Recital Hall, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, USA

21 Oct 10: Fourth Annual Kentucky New Music Festival, The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky School of Music, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

20 Oct 10: Rodan Video Lounge, Wicker Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Featuring Andrián Pertout.

16 Oct 10: 2010 Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, USA

7 Oct 10: West Gym, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA

1 Oct 10: Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Departamento de Artes in Sonoras, Buenos Aires, Argentina

18 Jun 10: Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Featuring Andrián Pertout.

9 Jun 10: Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

3 Jun 10: International Computer Music Conference, Stony Brook University, New York, USA

1 Jun 10: International Computer Music Conference, New York University, New York, USA

27 Apr 10: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA

14 Apr 10: Vox Novus ‘60x60 UnTwelve Mix’ Concert, Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory, Istanbul, Turkey

19 Oct 08: 8th International Festival of Electroacoustic Music of Santiago, Centro Cultural de España, Santiago, Chile

11 Oct 08: Teatro San Giorgio, Udine, Italy

19 Sep 08: Belém Arts Centre, Lisbon, Portugal

12 Jul 08: ACMC 2008 (Australasian Computer Music Conference), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia.

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