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Continuum with Blues


Continuum with Blues pays homage to the composer György Ligeti who died in June 2006. The music does not take any quotations from Ligeti's music; it simply makes reference to a title he used for a piece for solo harpsichord, a composition which explores different perceptions about speed and time. Ligeti was throughout his creative life fascinated by ethnic and exotic musics of all kinds so the choice of a blues as a valedictory form seems appropriate. In rather simplistic terms this new work might be seen as a journey in memory of and about the music of a unique sonic inventor. The first half of the work is devoted to precisely rendered and organised music, the second half gradually explores the potential of this music to be reordered and transformed, musically and sonically. Throughout the work interpolation, the transformation from one state to another, is a favoured device, beginning with computer-generated simulations of how musicians might improvise such transformations.
Continuum with Blues was written for the American guitarist Alan Thomas as part of the composer's research activities at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) at the Future Music Lab of the University of Plymouth.

The Active Notation System has been designed and programmed in Macromedia Director by Phil Legard.

Downloads
Performing Score [pdf]
Computer-generated simulation [mp3]
Annotated SCOM score files [pdf]
SCOM score files [zip]
Active Notation User Manual [pdf]
Re-conceptualizing Performance with 'Active' Notation, a paper from the 2007 ICCMR conference [pdf]

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