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Touching the Distance
For solo piano

from Study I.
This is a sequence of seven studies with a concluding ‘adventure'. It has been imagined as a private introduction to a pianist or keyboard duo who would make from this written music an extended improvisation. An ideal performance of the work would, therefore, not feature the written sequence of music at all, but solely what the performer(s) might assemble from the experience of studying and playing the notated material.
Touching the Distance is based on an exploration of two ‘found' (i.e. by exploration of the hands on a keyboard) tonalities: a pentatonic scale - a kind of gapped locrian mode - and two 4 gapped mixolydian modes meshed together. The exploration is made using functions and routines found in a computer music environment for music composition called Symbolic Composer.

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