When 9/11 happened, I was writing a chorale framework as a sort of prayer for peace for variable instrumentation – and we used it in various contexts. In this world between Obama and Trump, I thought this might be a good time to share it.
In its most basic form, the outside voices enter as far apart as they can be and in 24 steps approach one another to finally meet. And again – and again – and again.
A brand-new recording by Gary Verkade of my old composition Flux for organ (1987) – on a wonderful-sounding instrument in northernmost Sweden late in 2014 – was the occasion for me to hear this old piece again after many years and remember that I had composed a whole range of modules written out on paper and then distributed on the page at will and fixed in place.
Hearing that fine recording of the material anew, I realised that I could return the fragments to their original free state and let them re-combine freely by using a shuffle mode to play the samples, or make new orderings of the material or use it further in performances…
Listen on Soundcloud by hitting the Soundcloud icon upper right – there you can activate shuffle mode and much better see what he is currently playing.
The world-premier performance of Scott Roller’s FOUR AXES string trio on 24 November 2011 in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart as part of the third annual Spannungsfeld: Komposition-Improvisation (Between Composition and Improvisation) concert series presented by Open_Music Stuttgart (http://open-music.eu – German) in cooperation with the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart with support from the Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart, among others.
Open_Music String Trio: Ulrike Stortz, violin / Katherina Friederichs, viola / Scott Roller, cello and composition
Video: Felix Zachmann / Audio: Scott Roller
The comprovisation is a fantasy on the Bao Guo, the eight primary elements in the Chinese Book of Changes (Yi Jing), in the following order:
1) Zhen – The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) 2) Xun – The Gentle (Penetration, Wind/Wood) 3) Li – The Radiance (Light) 4) Kun – The Receptive (Space) 5) Dui – The Open (Joy, Pond) 6) Qian – The Creative (Energy) 7) Kan – The Abysmal (Gorge) 8) Gen – The Limitation (Keeping Still, Mountain)