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[October, 2011: Rhythmicon pages are archived and are no longer updated or maintained.]
[October, 2013: List of original 24 Rhythmicon works moved to the Rhythmiconic Sections CD page.]

The Rhythmicon Rhythmiconic Sections and other Rhythmicon Works
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Rhythmiconic Sections

Rhythmiconic Sections is a set of 24 short works realized with the virtual rhythmicon created with Kyma. My rhythmicon pages have additional samples and abundant information.

Rhythmiconic Sections 1998 - 2000
Recording: Rhythmiconic Sections
Performance: Suite. Music on the Edge: New Electroacoustic Music. University of
     Pittsburgh, 2001
Broadcasts: BiP_HOp Generation. Radio Grenouville, Marseille, 2001; Selection.
     Where's the Beat? CKUT, Montreal, 2002; Selection and on air interview.
     Foldover, WOBC, Oberlin, 2002; Sections 1 - 7. Charmed Sounds,
     Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE Radio 1, 2003; Selection.
     WMUA, University of Masachusetts, Amherst, 2005 (several programs);
     Sections 4 - 10, 14, 17 - 18, 22. Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, 2005;
     Sections 1 - 4.
Individually recorded, performed, and broadcast sections are indicated on the page for the work.
Titles: For the most part, titles were randomly selected from a list of possible titles. The listener is free to create programmatic connections.

[The list of the original individual sections of Rhythmiconic Sections has been moved to the Rhythmiconic Sections CD page.]

The Rhythmicon in other works

In works composed after Rhythmiconic Sections, the rhythmicon is used in a less constrained manner, sometimes more as a structural or timing framework than as an "instrument." In the works listed, the sound and rhythmic qualities of the rhythmicon are more or less evident. Further abstraction has led to a purely structural use of the concept in the Ancient Chinese Enclosing Game Compositional Matrix.

Drawing Frogs 2000 3:44
This was originally Section 16 of Rhythmiconic Sections.

American Lives and Property 2001 16:30
The rhythmicon was used in this work primarily for timing events. The rhythmicon measure is quite long, so the characteristic pattern heard in Rhythmiconic Sections is not obvious, but it is there.

Dogs Working in Respirators 2001 12:00
The entire work is a single rhythmicon measure. At this length, the beats become melodic elements. The sounds were synthesized with additive synthesis in such away that the relative volumes of each sound's harmonics interplay with the larger scale of the rhythmicon's harmonics.

Positions of Effective Proximity 2002 6:00   Listen LISTEN
The Rhythmicon in this work varies in tempo over time. The space among harmonics expands and contracts so that most of the time they are in inharmonic relationships to one another.

Spin Cycle 2002 7:00   Listen LISTEN
The rhytmicon can be heard in the rhythmic repetitions of sounds in the last section of this piece.

Final Assurances 2003 8:00
The final assurances of the title repeat and fade to the end of the piece in the manner of the rhythmicon.

Catacoustics 2005 1:00
The timing of the sounds is based on the rhythmicon.

Pivot Seal and Gasket 2006 6:47
Timing and some pitch relationships are based on the rhythmicon.

Hard Count 2009 1:00
The rhythmic structure is that of the rhythmicon with 60 harmonics. Pitch relations were not used.


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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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