Music for Los Angeles

ENS.070.084 | 7.8.07-9.21.07, 11.23.06-11.30.06 | 23’
Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn, C Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello

Midi Rendition of “Mulholland”
Midi Rendition of “Huntington”

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Music for Los Angeles

  1. Mulholland
  2. Huntington

Originally part three of Music for Dancing, Music for Los Angeles proved substantially different enough in approach and sound to become a stand-alone work. Although my initial cellular material was generated in the same manner as Music for Dancing and Sad Little Breathing Machine, in the end these ideas were selected and combined by more intuitive means, though in a predetermined horizontal and vertical order. Additionally, freely-composed material was sometimes added to texture the musical argument; unlike earlier algorithmic works, in Music for Los Angeles each movement may be thought of as a landscape as opposed to a photograph, perspective changing from moment to moment. Inspired both by the real thing and David Hockney’s brilliant facsimile, Mulholland follows a path winding from rapid activity to slowly rocking chords, while Huntington traverses steel rail-lines through carefully-kempt gardens.