Lou Bunk Composer



Being and Becoming

for toy piano and electronics (2010)

score | mp3 | video from ICMC 2011

Program Notes:

I have written eight iterations of "Being and Becoming", each unique in instrumentation and content.  The music generally progresses from simple to complex, by way of a slowly evolving musical cell, focusing the listener more and more on micro-variations of timbre, pitch, rhythm, etc.

This iteration of Being and Becoming, for toy piano and electronics, was written for and is dedicated to pianist Xenia Pestova.


Chick: Our way of organizing the data which rushes by in gestalt style -that is, in increasingly abstract forms –speeds up experience into a dangerously topsy-turvy fast forward comedy. Our need for rapid disposal eliminates the details that bewitch, hold or delay children. Art is one rescue from this chaotic acceleration. Meter in poetry, tempo in music, form and color in painting. But we do feel that we are speeding earthward, crashing into our graves.

Socrates.  And a thing is not seen because it is visible, but conversely, visible because it is seen; nor is a thing led because it is in the state of being led, or carried because it is in the state of being carried, but the converse of this... It does not become because it is becoming, but it is in a state of becoming because it becomes.

Cooper: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! [sips, sighs blissfully] This is-- excuse me--a DAMN fine cup of coffee.



Technical Notes

2 channel playback, stage and rear
Max/MSP, patch provided by composer
MIDI pedal (for performer to trigger cues in Max/MSP)
Amplification of toy piano (only for larger halls)

Recorded by Xenia Pestova for Innova Recordings


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