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First foray in dodecaphony

This week’s assignment in Visual Music with Zach Layton is to write a short twelve-tone piece for piano or electronics.

Using the Sounding Stone Twelve-Tone Row Calculator, I generated a twelve-tone series based on A, D, and G.

Prime:ADGat transposition0isADG
Inversion:AEBat transposition1isBbFC
Retrograde:GDAat transposition6isDbAbEb
Retro. Inv.:BEAat transposition7isGbBE

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ADGBbFCDbAbEbGbBE
EADFCGAbEbBbDbGbB
BEACGDEbBbFAbDbGb
AbDbGbAEBCGDFBbEb
DbGbBDAEFCGBbEbAb
GbBEGDABbFCEbAbDb
FBbEbGbDbAbAEBDGC
BbEbAbBGbDbDAEGCF
EbAbDbEBGbGDACFBb
CFBbDbAbEbEBGbADG
GCFAbEbBbBGbDbEAD
DGCEbBbFGbDbAbBEA
<- R e t r o g r a d e

In the Etude I have composed, I wanted to sketch out the vertical (harmonic) and horizontal (melodic) qualities of the 12-tone set. I sat down at the piano, and started recording in GarageBand, while I improvised several vertical and horizontal ways of playing through the 12-tone set. Then I did some editing of the sound samples in GB to isolate the performances I wanted to keep and then added some delay and multitracked the piano parts slightly out of phase to create a “serialism-meets”minimalism” kind of effect.

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