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A Sound Until

electroacoustic
2009
(dur.: 15:10)

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A Sound Until slowly evolves on a single chord. The evolution never rests, but at times may seem nearly imperceptible. Various surface details punctuate the texture, closely tied in to the harmonic structure of the drone. The many layers of undulating timbre combine to form a meditation on change and stasis.

To create the piece, I wrote a Perl script that generated a Csound file (of nearly 27,000 lines!), which I then rendered as a rough draft. For the final draft I rendered each layer separately (23 of them) and mixed them more exactly in Logic.

The harmony of the piece is a chord built using a full diatonic set in just-intonation.