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Is This Tracing?

wind ensemble | [2020] | ≈ 9’



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program note


Composed for a lean wind ensemble of 18 players, Is This Tracing? attempts to model entropy through structural and semantic metaphor. The work begins from a single point: Middle C with an extremely loud and dense texture with every pitched instrument involved. Progressing through ever-expanding time and pitch fields, the work grows broader and quieter, eventually arriving at a still resting place. The last two sounds are more than 30 seconds apart, where the first 24 sounds happen in the first half-second. The 289 pitches in this work trace the binary reversal sequence, a quasi-chaotic structure which plots an infinite set of expanding parallelograms. The resulting musical surface is continuously broadening but never consistent.