Stephen Syverud

H A R M O N Y (electronics)

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H A R M O N Y for four-channel tape was completed during the first part of January, 1990. Terms generally used to describe tonal music (resolution, progression, voice leading, etc.) are applicable to this composition even though it is quite dissonant. A principle interval found throughout the piece is the descending major second. The microtonal changes in pitch between various source tracks produce a rich harmonic texture which thins as the piece proceeds, resulting in only the basic elements being audible near the final cadence. The contrapuntal voices produce verticalizations which act in a similar manner to progressions in tonal music. The piece was composed at Northwestern University Electronic Music Studios (the Moog Studio)using the following synthesizing/sampling equipment: Yamaha TX81Z, Roland D20, Ensoniq Mirage, Roland S550, and Moog III.

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