11 Attempted Decompositions
11 Attempted Decompositions is a proposed 11 part framework for composing without composing.
An act of composition in reverse, an antidote to composer-as-landowner, a Decomposition is defined as a series of musical decisions rather than a predetermined melody or harmony. Each Decomposition is based around a different focal point: light, timbre, loudness, note, meaning, contact, conversation, periodicity, presence, and absence.
The system of decomposition has been developed through a Workspace Residency with Harvestworks, a Fellowship with IDEA New Rochelle, and a residency at Three Phase Center.
Here’s an initial use of decompositional systems recorded at Harvestworks:
The 11 Decompositions are:
- Distance The composition reacts to your distance.
- Light The composition communicates through light.
- Timbre The composition is excited by your timbre.
- Loudness The composition is interested in your loudness.
- Note The composition hears all the notes.
- Meaning The composition attempts to ascertain meaning.
- Contact The composition responds to contact.
- Conversation The composition responds to vocal information.
- Periodicity The composition attempts to find cycles - it is encouraged to repeat.
- Presence They wish to be there.
- Absence They are not there.