The Bohlen-Pierce Symposium
First symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, Boston, March 7 – 9, 2010
Lukens: Permutations

Tim Lukens: Permutations (2010)

Permutations is a composition written entirely in C. Synthesis techniques and digital signal processing are explored as ways to create interesting soundscapes and melodies. An overarching ABA form ties the piece together while many fibonacci points are accentuated. The composition allows the performer to select among different melodies and counter-melodies and move through them at their desired pace. This allows the melodies to be played out in many different permutations. The performer can play with rhythm and time to express the material. All the synthesis and DSP generated by the program.

Tim Lukens is a composer, sound designer, and audio programmer. He currently attends Berklee College of Music in the Electronic Production and Design major. For live performance, Tim enjoys creating complex systems using different environments including Max/MSP, Csound, and his own C programs. Since arriving at Berklee, Tim has focused on electronic composition and audio programming. He recently wrote a chapter entitled “The MIDI Spec and Programming with PortMIDI” for Dr. Richard Boulanger’s book The Audio Programming Book to be published by MIT press in 2010. He is also the Electronic Production and Design department 2010 Max Mathews award recipient. Tim continues to program and compose as often as he can.