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Ancient Chinese Enclosing Game: Compositions

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The following compositions are extractions from iterations of The Ancient Chinese Enclosing Game Compositional Matrix. Compositions are extracted from the matrix using a variety of pseudo-random operations.

First matrix: The Ancient Chinese Enclosing Game

For the first use of the matrix all sounds were derived from readings from the text of an unpublished novel, The Ancient Chinese Enclosing Game, which depicts a time when the game was played in earnest. With one exception, titles relate to the music at the discretion of the listener.

1st Extraction: Sufficiency of Evidence 2002 3:00   Listen LISTEN
2nd Extraction: Studs Gone Bad 2002 4:00
3rd Extraction: Slow Danger 2002 5:00
4th Extraction: Heartbeat, Seabeat, Earthbeat 2002 8:00
5th Extraction: City of Rodents 2002 6:00
6th Extraction: Perfect Grooming 2002 7:00

Second matrix: Direction of Gravity

For the second use of the matrix all sounds were synthesized. Except for 4th and 5th extractions, the titles of the pieces were inspired by films in the Unseen Cinema series.

1st Extraction: Interpolated Footage 2002 3:12
2nd Extraction: A Mile Below the Cows 2002 4:48
3rd Extraction: End of the System 2002 6:24
4th Extraction: Direction of Gravity 2002 8:00   Listen LISTEN
5th Extraction: Ducks in Motion 2002 1:00

Third matrix: Pin Drop

For the third use of the matrix most sounds were derived from recordings of a pin dropped onto a metal cookie sheet. Ambient sounds recorded from 5:30-6:30 am on a midsummer morning were edited and highly processed for one of the matrix layers. The inspiration for this iteration came from a preponderance of pieces at a recent conference composed in a "wall of noise" style. What happened to dynamic range? How about some quiet works!

1st Extraction: Exotic Fruits 2003 1:00
2nd Extraction: Hopheads with Icepicks 2003 3:00   Listen LISTEN
3rd Extraction: Dogs on the Ground 2003 5:00
4th Extraction: Vehicles in Sync 2003 7:00
5th Extraction: Pin Drop 2003 8:00

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Usage note

The Mp3 files accessible from this page are protected by copyright. If you want to use them as they are please contact me. However, if you want to sample from these works and mutate, permute and mutilate bits and scraps for your own creative purposes, I encourage you to do so. In the end, it's all one big project.

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