These excerpts from the media “opera” NT The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century”, based on the life of the great inventor Nicola Tesla, depict his trip from New York City to his first experience with the great American west, his dreams and successes in his laboratory at Colorado Springs, and the death of all his utopian dreams and hopes in the destruction of the tower at Wardenclyffe, Long Island.
The music of NT: The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century was composed using modernized versions of algorithmic techniques developed by a little-remembered early twentieth century Russian-American music theorist, Joseph Schillinger, and is related in a particular and peculiar way to Tesla’s most important ideas. Fundamental to these techniques are a geometrical world view dating back to Pythagoras and the use of phase relationships as creators of energy (physical in the case of Tesla’s generators, aesthetic in the case of Schillinger’s interference patterns). His techniques have been brought up to date by their amalgamation with recursive and chaotic processes.
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