Remittance (2015)

Many, if not all of my musical interests found expression in this long piece: canons, variation techniques, ecosystems, uncommon instruments, very high notes. The principal idea behind Remittance was that of a river, its currents and creatures. The entire piece is nothing more than five themes and their variations, endlessly overlapping or following one another. The current runs at different speeds, and has an undercurrent as well, so the tempo changes constantly, and with it the themes also change. Each of the five themes has four variations – a theme may be stable at one tempo, less table at faster one, completely unstable and unlike itself at the fastest. Another theme will only exist well at the highest tempo, and its variations for lower tempi will be progressively more abstract. Like fish and other creatures that live in water: some only live in shallow waters, others only in deep waters.

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The piece doesn't just flow along but has two waterfalls, a smaller one first, and a larger one near the end. After the first waterfall, some of the themes and their variations changed, and the entire matrix of variations was rewritten for new currents. After the second waterfall, at the very end of the piece, a higher tempo variation appears at a lower tempo, suggesting survival of a species previously accustomed only to higher tempi. In theory, the piece could go on for a very long time, a long river punctuated by waterfalls small and large, taking in tributaries, eventually reaching the sea, and then perhaps a variation of the piece for a rainy season...

The original draft of some of the core themes was used as basis for a semi-composed xylophone improvisation, called Camouflage Compensation:

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Another of Remittance's themes was used to develop Reload Option, a piece for vibraphone and triangle(s).