Monday, April 27, 2009


Edward Lawes points to this rather nice video of composer Brian Ferneyhough rehearsing his Bone Alphabet for solo percussion.  It's a great little piece and the film is a good document of Ferneyhough's amiably non-dogmatic approach to working with good players.  Just one little complaint:  Ferneyhough insists on describing non-power of two rhythmic relationships as "irrational", a habit that's frequent among the complexity set.   3:2, 4:3, 11:7, 17:13.... as complex as they might be when used to articulate a rhythmic relationship, these ratios of whole numbers are all, by definition, rational, nor irrational.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That makes sense. But wait a minute, aren't you talking about new complexity composers? They aren't supposed to make sense.