Textura Interview about Apparitions of The Four Pillars

June 13th, 2014


"Mounting The Four Pillars"


Last month, I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Textura about my work Apparitions Of The Four Pillars.

Read the full interview here which includes an excerpt of the work itself.

I like the idea of a recalibration; that's really what it is. And I think this is one of the reasons I choose to include the approximate duration in the program. One of La Monte's most famous tenets is that “Tuning Is A Function Of Time,” and I try to keep that in mind when I'm performing. As Terry Riley has said, “Western music is fast because it's not in tune,” but if you look at Indian music, you see the tempo slow. The majestic alap of a well-rendered raga is stunning, and duration becomes an aspect there. One of my favourite concepts, and one that I return to over and over is from the alap of a raga, a concept called bhadat where each pitch is systematically introduced, slowly, and one-at-a-time, ascending the scale. I take this practice now as a method of structuring the chords of my work. Each subsequent chord introduces a single new pitch, and it's our job as performers to set that up so that when it happens, it seems like the logical next step and emerges naturally from the sound world we've built up. We don't even use the full scale available to us in this work until well past the two-hour mark. That's how I'm dealing with time on a grand scale.


See Also:
The First Analog Pillar with its Simplest Primes and The Harbinger of The Second Pillar with The Low Madora Cornerstone and The Outlying Primal Cirrus from Apparitions of The Four Pillars | prime harmonic sine waves, toy organ, cassette boomboxes, to be recorded on cassette tapes | 2010
What's ahead for 2011 | news item | January, 2011
The Primal Duet in The Starfield Symmetry | sine waves, voice, and trombone | 2014
A Big February Again | news item | February, 2013
Shiver | prime harmonic sine waves | 2008
The Eternal 27:28 Triple Octave Displacement under The 72:81:88 Differential Apparition | sine waves | 2016
The First Pillar Appearing in Palindrome with The Harbinger of The Second Pillar under the 27/28 Triple Primal Region | voice and sine waves with digital delay | 2011