Experiments with 12 tone serialism
For my final project in Coding for Emotional Impact I have decided to continue working with sound. In high school I took a music theory class in which we spent a month on composition. As a math enthusiast and violinist I enjoyed experimenting with 12 tone serialism. I would like to revisit this method of composition - a sort of algorithmic composition before we even had computers - and employ some of the functions we have learned to programmatically adjust rhythm, dynamics, and the voicing of the work. I have randomly generated my primary sequence and worked out the corresponding matrix.
I also recently ordered a ton of surface mount microphones. It might be interesting to bring this work into the physical world and do a twist on Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music that uses the relationship of the speaker to the microphone to “play” the piece.
12 tone works "kill tonal perception". By giving each note an equal share of the piece the piece drifts along and challenges our harmonic expectations. I would like to try to harness this effect. I would like the piece to begin with a playful feeling but to then devolve into something seemingly unordered / out of control / unpleasant only to be once again redeemed.