benjamin thigpen

  paths 2011
  turn 2010
  still 2009
  shift 2009
  head transplant experiment 2008
  malfunction30931 2007
  undertow 2006
  brief candle 2005
  0.95652173913 2005
  incandescence 2003
  espoir 2003
  balagan 2001
  not even the rain 2000
  step,under 1998
  dust 1997
  ashes,ashes 1996
  h 1995
  appel 1995
  dédale 1994
  études au mouvant, 2e livre 1994
for 2-channel electromagnetic media
duration : 8'36
for Iannis Xenakis

(excerpt 0'00-4'05)

This world, which is the same for all, no one of gods or men has made; but it was ever, is now, and ever shall be: everliving fire, with measures of it kindling, and measures going out.

– Heraclitus

Nearly all the original sound material for incandescence was extracted from Iannis Xenakis' Persepolis. This material was transformed by such processes as fragmentation, scrambling, distortion, comb filtering and reverberation, using programs I wrote in Max/MSP.

Composed during a Djerassi Artists Residency in May 2003. Many thanks to Naut Humon of Asphodel Records for his generous and energetic support, and to all the people of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, without whose “gift of time” this piece would never have been written.

incandescence was a finalist in the competition Musica Nova 2006 and in the VI International Contemporary Music Contest Città di Udine 2006.