Stephen Syverud

High as the Sky (electronics)

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Program Notes:

High as the Sky was written for two-channel electronics. The pitch material is derived from a 014 trichord which combines with a 012 trichord in the second section. The trichords are presented in a descending form even though the overall effect is ascending pitch patterns. The minor 2nd and major/minor 3rds in the 014 trichord expand (with the addition of the 012 trichord) to expose the Perfect 4th. Ascending fourths are also heard between various transpositions of the basic set. The third (last) section is reminiscent of the first section and provides an example of cyclic processes used throughout the piece. (Another two-channel composition, Flying High, was used as source material for High as the Sky.) Serial procedures such as segmentation and mapping dominate the construction of the composition as well as providing interrelationships between the sound emanating from the two speakers. The piece was produced using electronic generating, sampling, and processing equipment housed in the Northwestern University Electronic Music Studios in Evanston, Illinois.

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