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

Jascha Narveson: Wire (2009)

This piece was written after seeing the accompanying video by Reinhard Reitzenstein, which focussed on the patterns found in the interplay between trees and old barbed wire fences in a nature preserve outside of Cambridge, Ontario.  The visual repetitions of the barbs combined with the organic forms of the twisted wire and the trees suggested music that was at once repetitive and sinewy.  This seemed like a good image to work with for a first foray in to using the Bohlen-Pierce scale, since to my ears its novel tuning contains both smooth and jarringly pointy combinations of notes.

Score to Wire