I had been reading the excellent book Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, and I became very interested in the idea of musical palindromes. For this piece, I used the image of the Penrose Stair for inspiration, as an homage to both the work of M.C. Esher, and also this wonderful book.
In the video below, take a sneak peak as I rehearse the timbre trills and bariolage bowing that is featured in the strings. These techniques are very unique to string instruments, and are very difficult to replicate in a computer demo. In the bonus content, check out the original computer demo of the piece to hear how much the live instruments shape the sound of the piece.
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Cornelius Duffalo, violin
Jennifer Choi, violin
Yves Dharamraj, cello
Lev Ljova Zhurbun, viola