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


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Reviews

| 2017

The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield
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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| 2017

The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield
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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| 2017

The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield
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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2014

Equal Tempered Piano and Harmonic Resonators | ca. 200 Minutes

Presented in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry Tx4 Base 7:144
For R. Andrew Lee
The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield was commissioned with the help of 79 generous supporters as part R. Andrew Lee's project, ″Commissioning Music of Considerable Duration″ including Jay Batzner, Paul A.Epstein, Robert Fink, Robert Gable, Steve Gisby, Michael Harris, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Tad Kline, Julie Ann Koehlinger, Richard and Jamie Lee, Kirk McElhearn, Mark Movic, Gareth Pashley, Patrick Rogers, Fred Salevsky, Dan Schmidt, Craig Shepard and Beth O'Brien, Burton Thomas, and two Anonymous Donors

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

Avant Premiere: Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism at The Nief-Norf Summer Festival at The Standard, Knoxville, TN - June 22nd, 2017
R. Andrew Lee - Piano

Read The Program Notes


Reviews

| 2017

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

Read More...
| 2017

The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield
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...
| 2017

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



Commissioned and performed by the pianist R. Andrew Lee, this work deals directly with the overtone structure of the piano. As an avid proponent of Just Intonation, I realized that an equal tempered piano actually contains one "in tune" interval, the octave. The work is performed entirely on the Ds of the piano, and uses selective narrow-band filtering and amplification to highlight the specific overtones of the instrument that fall within the cosmology of The Four Pillars creating chords and melodies from a single tone.

With each performance of the work, Lee’s timings grew longer as his sense of pacing within the work slowed. The performance as released by Irritable Hedgehog in 2017 lasted 3 ½ hours.


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

See Also:
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
Nada Symmetry for The Midwinter Starfield | Voice, Saxophone, Sine Waves, and Pre-Recorded Tracks | 2015
The Third Pillar with its Lowest Primes, The Analog TwentyFour Truckera, and The Ersatz Souvenir of The Second Pillar with The Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Abyss from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | Prime Harmonic Sine Waves, Just Intonation Toy Organ, Voice, Cassette Boomboxes | 2010
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
Apparitions of The Four Pillars in The Midwinter Starfield Symmetry under The 72:81:88 Confluence | Ensemble and Symmetrical Harmonic Sine Waves | 2014 - 2016
Apparitions of The Four Pillars in The Midwinter Starfield under The Astral 789 Duet | Voice, Ensemble and Prime Harmonic Sine Waves | 2011 - 2015
Intoning The Starfield Symmetry | Sine Waves, Voice, and Harmonic Delays | 2015