Am I a Particle or a Wave?

for two percussionists and imaginary pianist

Am I a Particle or a Wave? is a trio for 2 percussionists and an electronically created imaginary pianist. It is also a duo between noise and pitch: the percussionists play a variety of noisy instruments while the piano uses almost exclusively traditional pitched sounds. While the sonic resources of the acoustic and electronic parts are jarringly different, they form an ensemble through temporal dynamism -- feeding off each other's energy, creating an unpredictable succession of overlapping gestures and articulations, seeming to drive towards articulative unity though rarely reaching consensus.

In a certain sense the imaginary pianist is intended to sound as realistic as possible. However, rather than try to emulate music that is playable by a person, the piano part is a study in assembling larger phenomena out of many self-similar components. As such, the role of a single piano "note" is quite varied -- sometimes notes function only as isolated percussive blips; at other times, aggregates of notes form energetic waves of sound. And, in dramatic moments, a stream of pitches synthesize an argumentative barrage of energetic gestures, almost as if the piano can be felt trying to escape from its sonic straightjacket.

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Credits: Justin DeHart and Nick Terry, LA Percussion Quartet., 2011

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The LA Percussion Quartet: Justin DeHart and Nick Terry, 2011

Recent/Upcoming Events

6/16/2017 - Lines of Communication will be performed by Mari Kimura, Sam Wells, and Keith Kirchoff at the SPLICE Institute in Kalamazoo, MI, USA. 4/1/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba on April 1st 2017 in Spain. 3/25/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival "Flesap" in Segorbe Spain on March 25th 2017. 3/10/2017 - Liquid Study no 2 for piano and electronic sound will be premiered by Ian Buckle at the University of Leed's International Concert Series on March 10th 2017. 6/14/2016 - Open End will be performed by Marc Moreno Albors in Valencia Spain. 3/8/2016 - Dot Matrix Dialect will be premiered by the Pixels Ensemble in the Open Circuit Festival, Liverpool, UK. 3/4/2016 - Liquid Study no. 1 performed the Gildas String Quartet in Manchester UK. 1/28/2016 - hub will be performed by the The House of Bedlam at New Music North West in Manchester UK. 6/4/2015 - open end will be performed by Hamish Upton at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. 4/1/2015 - open end will be performed by Matthew Andreini at the the University of Northern Iowa, USA. 3/13/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at the University of Denver, USA. 3/12/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Adams State University, USA. 3/10/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Fort Lewis College, USA. 2/4/2015 - Liquid Etude no. 1 will be premiered by the Arditti String Quartet in California. 1/18/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Arizona State University, USA.