Interval serialization and its use in Exploring the third major nebula.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Daniel Travis Clem (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mark Engebretson

Abstract: Interval serialization is a musical process I designed in order to generate a large amount of music based on a relatively small amount of initial material. The process begins with a small collection of pitches. While maintaining interval size and order, the direction of each interval is altered until every permutation of directions is exhausted. Once a composer has generated material through this process, a variety of methods can be used to combine the resulting cells to make a composition. The thesis includes a written description of the technique of interval serialization, my original composition, Exploring the Third Major Nebula, for cello and electronics, and Pure Data computer files necessary for performing the piece. The written portion of this thesis describes the process of interval serialization in detail, likening it to the systematic process of counting. Examples are given that demonstrate how cells may be formed, permutated, combined and deployed in a musical setting. The paper further describes aspects of the piece, how interval serialization is used in the composition, and how the resulting material is combined in a variety of ways. Exploring the Third Major Nebula is based on four different tunings of the major third. This concept inherently gives the work certain pragmatic challenges, but these challenges are solved and described in the paper.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
Composition, Interval, Major, Nebula, Serial, Third
Composition (Music)
Composition (Music) $v Software.
Computer composition.
Electronic composition.
Computer sound processing.
Musical analysis.

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