wp_db_version = 7558; ?> Timbre and timescales-Feldman and Messiaen at Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

Timbre and timescales-Feldman and Messiaen

April 1st, 2008

Thinking about the implications and generative impulses behind making choices for timbral association with the genetic process data.

Instrumental western canonical groupings of the orchestra, chamber ensemble, wind ensemble, brass band, string quartet- these collections of instrumentations/timbres are central to the western canon of composed music, and bring with them associated group behaviour, understandings, associations as well as particular sound elements.
Timbral choice made via frequency…sine tones, spectral morphologies emerging.
Timbral choice made via sounds that the human body can make…vocal and percussive.

Messian’s timbral colors with birdsong.
And then the timescales. Western forms of large time scales as investigated by Feldman.

MF and TH


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