Prime Events was written for Fractured Contents, a multimedia event created, curated and hosted by Joshua Eden in Lincoln on 18th December 2015. Prime Events is a series of three compositions for pitched and/or non-pitched sounds. Each of the three compositions has three lines / parts / layers / tracks.
The brief Joshua Eden gave to contributors was simply the title, Fractured Contents. Contributors were able to interpret the title freely.
I considered the brief and I chose a simple option: To fracture or fragment a time period of one minute.
To do this I allocated a different prime numbered metronome rate (BPM or beats per minute) to each of the three lines / parts / layers / tracks and produced a diagram showing every possible beat/event. Using prime numbered beats per minute for each line ensured that the events in the three lines would only meet at the beginning and end of the minute (my chosen time period).
Once recorded, the material was time-stretched 10x using an audio editor. This is a simple process similar to zooming-in with photo editing. This creates music in extreme close-up.
The three numbers in the titles of each of the three compositions refers to the three different prime numbered metronome rates used.
Symbiotic Events was composed for Symbiosis, a second multimedia event by Joshua Eden at Wilgress Books, Lincoln on 19th February 2016.
The score, which includes pitched material in two or more parts and a page of material to be spoken, can be interpreted and realised in many different ways. The version created for the original event, and for this recording, consists of a repetitive bass part, flexible but notated keyboard parts, effects and spoken voice.
More information about each of the compositions may be found in the prefaces to the scores which are included with this download.