Echoes from a Near Orbit (2015)

‘Echoes from A Near Orbit’ is both a self-contained tape piece and also the tape part of a new work-in-progress for piano, flute and tape.

The piece is based on an exploration of the basic structure of the harmonic series…basically, the pattern of tones within a musical note. The ‘near orbit’ of the title refers to the use of the earlier parts of the harmonic series for the piece’s structure and materials.

The tunings conform to standard Western tunings, as opposed to the natural tunings (based on whole-number ratios) found in the harmonic series.