Syrenes Arthur Gottschalk

Syrenes was composed using the opening harmonies of the jazz standard “What Are You Doing (For the Rest of Your Life)”. The notes were fed into my self-programmed algorithmic composition software, MTPlus, and rearranged and reassembled until the desired polyphonic texture was achieved. This texture was then treated in other programs (MAX, ProTools) such that each note and vertical simultaneity slowly evolves into the next. The resultant piece is reminiscent of the sirens’ calls that lure sailors onto the rocks; hence the title.

  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Duration of the submitted work: 7:09
  • Production: Rice University

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