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Fases Tímbricas (Sound Phases)

Till now I have composed two themes based in Sound Phases method. Here you have a sample of each one:

Fases Tímbricas I (Sample) - fti1.mp3 - 223 Kb

Fases Tímbricas II (Sample) - fti2.mp3 - 307 Kb


Sound Phases Method.

Sound Phases Method is based in a gradual change of sound. This is a method which needs lots of sounds and the resulting music is difficult to play. So if you compose for a real group, you will need many musicians and it will spend a great amount of time in rehearsing the music.

The synthesizer resolves these problems. It offers lots of sounds for use in a composition, and you can controle the whole theme through the sequencer. You can say that The Method of Change of Sound is specially created for composition which will be played on synths. This doesn't mean that this music can't be played by any kind of musical group.

First of all you compose a melodic and rhythm pattern that is repeated along the whole theme. There are no changes in melony nor rythm, so you needs to change other element of the piece. This element is the sounds, the instruments. As the composition is evolving different instrumental lines are slowly added and retired. This produces a gradual change of sound in the piece.

Let's see a single example in order to understand this method. Imagine a repetitive pattern of five notes played on flute. Then a piano enters the composition making a crescendo from the silence. Piano and flute are playing the same melody so a change of sound has been produced. But the pattern is the same, the five notes have not suffered a change. After some repetitions the flute makes a diminuendo to the silence, so the pattern is played by a solo piano. The sound has changed again.

The pieces constructed using this method are based in variation of sound, so the variation comes from the number of sounds used in these compositions and the number of combinations resulting of mixing the sounds used. But it doesn't mean that you can not use other variation methods in the music, as the Combination Method explained above, o the methods developed by the great minimal composer in their composition (the additive method, cyclic structures, phase patterns...) or any other kind of method.

 

Accents Method

One of the variation methods I have applied onto the pieces written using the method of change of sounds is the Accents Method, which consists in taking a rhythm pattern and accentuate one of the notes of the pattern. After some repetitions I accentuate other note of the pattern, so it sounds now different. It seems like little invisible melodies come up from the composition. If the pattern is long you can accentuate several groups of notes. You can amplify the accents if you use as different instrument for playing only the accentuated notes.

 

Fases Tímbricas Nº I

Fases Tímbricas is a composition based in a seven notes pattern. These seven notes are repeated along the whole theme. The unique variation in this composition comes from the accentuated notes in the pattern and the sounds used. Let's analyse both ideas.

Change of Sound.

Along the composition I use different instruments for playing the seven notes, making slow transitions in the change of instruments, so the change of sound in the theme is not very perceivable.

In order to create the transitions of sounds, each instrument enters the composition making a crescendo from the absolute silence, and comes out with a diminuendo. Along the piece several instruments come in and out causing the variation in the sound of the theme.

Change of accents.

The pattern doesn't sound the same if the accentuated notes in the pattern are different. So I begin the composition playing the seven notes with the same force. After several repetitions I accentuate the first note in the pattern and I repeat the new variation. Then the second note is accentuated, later the first and third note, and so on.

You can accentuate a note augmenting its volume, or you can use another instrument for playing only the accentuated notes, so these come up from the piece.

So the theme begins this way:

In addition I use another pattern which plays a contrary melody, something like Contrary Motion, the Philip Glass' composition.

This composition is constructed using a synth as a base instrument. This is not a composition for ensemble, a string quartet, a rock band or some other musical group. But this theme could be adapted to one of these group if desired.

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