Rites of Passage
Work no. 39
Like the Exopheromones, or The Dreaming Union, this work has a strong conceptual side. The melodic and harmonic content of Rites of Passage is extremely simple, but as time goes by, the music is played slower and slower, until the pauses between individual sounds are extremely long. Because of how limited the melodies are, it's possible for the listener to predict which sound is coming, but not when it is going to come – or if it's going to come at all. In an ideal setting, the listener becomes more and more aware of the sounds of their environment as the piece progresses, completing a kind of rite of passage. Likewise, the performer has to contend with increasingly difficult task of playing at almost impossibly low tempi, and they can choose to either comply, thereby comleting their rite of passage, or to try to cheat in one way or another.
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