so many territories

November 20, 2014 - news / Uncategorized

I’ve uploaded the recording of the first performance of so many territories by Plus Minus at City University in April. The piece draws on some of the techniques used by the Oulipo to create permutations of elements, specifically mutually orthogonal latin squares. Territories are areas ‘in which one has responsibility with regard to a particular type of activity’. so many territories comprises a set of score pages, each of which is presented as an 8 x 8 grid of short sounds. These sounds are permutations of pitches, dynamics and articulation types to create 64 unique combinations of these elements. The players work their way independently across the grids from the top left corner to the bottom right, moving either up, down, left or right and following a route of their choice. Occasional stable moments may occur. The title is taken from a Bon Iver song.

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