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Negative Mirror II A4 z 3 1 01
Negative Mirror II A4 z 3 9 09
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Negative Mirror Part II

for mixed ensemble and piano with electromagnets

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Estimated Duration
11 - 15min

ISMN : 979-0-2325-1916-6

Notes on this piece
Negative Mirror II, like its antecedent Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror, is based on Italo Calvino's novel Invisible Cities. This second installation continues the large-scale form established in the first composition, a form derived from the chapter structure of the novel itself. Part II is essentially a set of variations, manipulating material first encountered in the first piece, often recycling the results and subjecting them to further permutation.
As with Elsewhere, in addition to the performer playing the piano, a rack of 12 electromagnets is placed over the piano frame, each electromagnet positioned over a string.  These are controlled by a Max/MSP patch, each magnet serving to resonate its respective string at variable frequencies.  The dampers for the strings being resonated are held up with the sostenuto pedal, thus forcing the performer to move with care around these resonating pitches.   The electromagnets are responsible for the performance of a “supertheme”, which falls outside the careful structure mentioned above, while the performer’s material acts as a reflection of each section as conveyed by the supertheme. Note that although the device is controlled electronically, the resulting sound is entirely acoustic, emanating directly from the piano strings.

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Sarah Pyle
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 56

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