The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield

2014

equal tempered piano and harmonic resonators | ca. 200 Minutes


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Recordings



Reviews

2017 End Of Year Lists | 2017

Best Drone Recording of 2017 (Sequenza 21)

"Composer Randy Gibson is best known for his compelling experiments with intonation. R. Andrew Lee is the go-to pianist for Wandelweiser and minimalist-oriented music. On Gibson’s The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VIII 10 (Kansas City), he meets Lee in the middle, creating a mammoth work out of very restricted means."

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The Four Pillars Appearing | 2017

Marc Medwin explores the history of a single note for Dusted

"I have never heard piano and electronics joined in such complete symbiosis and to such organically singular effect. ... All elements converge to create one of the most important contributions to recorded piano music of at least the past 20 years."

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NY Times: A Single Note | 2017

Seth Colter Walls profiles Randy Gibson for The New York Times

"As is sometimes the case with outwardly unvaried Minimalist music, the texture emerges from the overtones, the frequencies that sound above fundamental notes (in this case, those seven Ds on the piano). Mr. Gibson’s electronic design for the piece highlights these naturally occurring acoustic phenomena, making their ghostly quality more easily perceived."

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2014

equal tempered piano and harmonic resonators | ca. 200 Minutes

Commissioned by R. Andrew Lee through the Hatchfund campaign Commissioning Music of Considerable Duration

World Premiere: ATLAS performance space, Boulder, Colorado - October 18th, 2014
Premiered by: R. Andrew Lee, Piano

Read The Program Notes


Reviews

2017 End Of Year Lists | 2017

Best Drone Recording of 2017 (Sequenza 21)

"Composer Randy Gibson is best known for his compelling experiments with intonation. R. Andrew Lee is the go-to pianist for Wandelweiser and minimalist-oriented music. On Gibson’s The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VIII 10 (Kansas City), he meets Lee in the middle, creating a mammoth work out of very restricted means."

Read More...
The Four Pillars Appearing | 2017

Marc Medwin explores the history of a single note for Dusted

"I have never heard piano and electronics joined in such complete symbiosis and to such organically singular effect. ... All elements converge to create one of the most important contributions to recorded piano music of at least the past 20 years."

Read More...
NY Times: A Single Note | 2017

Seth Colter Walls profiles Randy Gibson for The New York Times

"As is sometimes the case with outwardly unvaried Minimalist music, the texture emerges from the overtones, the frequencies that sound above fundamental notes (in this case, those seven Ds on the piano). Mr. Gibson’s electronic design for the piece highlights these naturally occurring acoustic phenomena, making their ghostly quality more easily perceived."

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Presentation History
The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D on Irritable Hedgehog | Album Release : July 7th, 2017
Nief-Norf | Knoxville, TN : June 22nd, 2017
Wayward Music Series | Seattle, Washington : April 18th, 2015
ATLAS | Boulder, Colorado : October 18th, 2014

The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield utilizes a series of focused harmonic resonators to transform an equal-tempered piano into a just intonation resonant structure that highlights the tuning of The Four Pillars at it exists as natural overtones of the D strings of the instrument. Improvised within specific parameters, the music allows the harmonic series to unfold naturally at a glacial pace as it appears as progressively more complex ratios audible from the various octaves. Gibson and Lee worked closely for several months to develop melodic and drone techniques that highlight the inherent nature of the tuning and the instrument.

During its original performance run, the work was accompanied by a series of projections by Oscar H Scott inspired by the Aurora Borealis. Currently, the work is accompanied by Gibson's Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry Tx4 Base 7:144.


See Also:
The Four Pillars Appearing from The Resonating Discs invoking The 72:81:88 Confluence | three percussionists and harmonic resonators | 2017
Nada Symmetry for The Midwinter Starfield | voice, saxophone, sine waves, and pre-recorded tracks | 2015
The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | solo trombone, digital delay, and prime harmonic sine waves | 2011
The First Pillar Imploding The Principal Drone Under The Addition Of 9 In Melodic Counterpoint From Apparitions Of the Four Pillars | voice and pitch shifting vocal drones to be recorded on cassette tapes | 2013
Nine Minutes for The Four Pillars in duet with The Paris Drones recalling The Midwinter Starfield Theme | violin and single-channel electronics | 2012
Shiver | prime harmonic sine waves | 2008
Intoning The Starfield Symmetry | sine waves, voice, and harmonic delays | 2015