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So I’m writing back and forth with Marc Bell about his interview at TCJ yesterday and he mentions that someone had written a modern music composition based on his doodle classic The Stacks and I’m thinking that must be wrong, Marc must still be dazed from talking about Odd Future so much and then lo and behold he sends me a link and well, here you go. Composer Øyvind Torvund says this about the piece:

 

 

So I’m writing back and forth with Marc Bell about his interview at TCJ yesterday and he mentions that someone had written a modern music composition based on his doodle classic The Stacks and I’m thinking that must be wrong, Marc must still be dazed from talking about Odd Future so much and then lo and behold he sends me a link and well, here you go. Composer Øyvind Torvund says this about the piece:

“In this piece,I am making 12 short fragments that should be played together with projections of paintings by the Canadian artist Marc Bell. It is part of a larger project I have, deriving music from pictures, like translations. Other inspirations are the music of Harry Partch, and early electronic music. The first version of the piece was performed at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in January 2007. This was a sketch for quartertone marimba. The second version will be adapted for guitar, sound objects and electronics, since the performance will take place in London, and it would be too expensive to transport the marimba. The small fragments or phrases are supposed to be taught “by ear”to a group of invited musicians. This way of learning music is a technique that I am interested in exploring as a method for creating constant microvariations of existing material. I am especially interested in focusing on detailed and ornamented versions of a simple tonal material. That makes the Quarter tone marimba a perfect instrument to work with. The lastversion will be a further development, for augmented Quarter-tone marimba solo.”

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