Primary Structures I

2012

Quartet of Dissimilar Instruments and Sine Waves | ca. 15 Minutes

Commissioned by loadbang

World Premiere: Greenwich House - March 8th, 2012
Premiered by: loadbang:
Alejandro Acierto - Bass Clarinet
Andy Kozar - Trumpets
William Lang - Trombone
Jeffrey Gavett - Baritone Voice

Primary Structures I, written for the mixed ensemble loadbang, explores the simple additive nature of the building blocks of The Four Pillars. The work is performed as stacked 4-note chords in Just Intonation alternating with long stretches of silence over a steady sine wave drone and builds a progressively more complex harmony out of extremely restricted means.


Part of the Constellation:

Apparitions of The Four Pillars and Their Related Primes | 2009 - 2014


Presentation History
John Cage: A Portrait in 5 Parts | New York City : March 8th, 2012

See Also:
Apparitions of The 27:28 Symmetry under The 72:81:88 Differential Cirrus | Symmetrical Ensemble and Sine Waves | 2016
Apparitions of The Four Pillars with Their Lowest Additive Primes as limited to the 3rd, 7th, 9th, and 11th New Primes chosen Cyclically, The Toll of Premonition, The Memorial Connector over the Outlying Primal Abyss, and The Mid-Winter Ending | Just Intonation Toy Organs, Variable Pitched Instruments, Prime Harmonic Sine Waves and Harmonically Related Delay Lines | 2010
Circular Trance Surrounding The Second Pillar with The Highest Seventh Primal Cirrus, The Utmost Fundamental, and The Ekmeles Ending from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | Seven Voices and Prime Harmonic Sine Waves | 2011
The Third Analog Pillar with its Lowest Primes and The Ersatz Souvenir of The Second Pillar with The High Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Abyss from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | Prime Harmonic Sine Waves, Just Intonation Toy Organ, Voices, Cassette Boomboxes, to be recorded on Cassette Tapes | 2010
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 | Live Performance, Trombone, Sine Waves, Harmonic Delay Structures, Time | 2011-12, revised 2018
The Third Pillar with its Lowest Primes and Memories of The Second Pillar from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | Prime Harmonic Sine Waves, Soloists and Cantus Firmus | 2010