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The Theory of Impossible Melody - Polansky: B'rey'sheet [In the beginning], Psaltery, Simple Actions&Rules of Compossibility, etc

Album Summary

>Polansky, Larry : B'rey'sheet (In the Beginning), for voice & live electronics (Cantillation Study no 1)
>Polansky, Larry : Four-Voice Canon no 3 ("Computer")
>Polansky, Larry : Four Voice Canon no 21 ("Epitaph"), for electric guitars
>Polansky, Larry : Four Voice Canon no 23b ("freeHorn canon"), for tubas
>Polansky, Larry : Simple Actions / Rules of Compossibility, for voice & computer
>Polansky, Larry : Psaltery
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Notes & Reviews:

Amongst the lineages of knowledge that Larry Polansky (b. 1954) has woven together in his creative work, as both a composer and theorist, have been mathematics, intonation theory, cybernetics, systems theory, artificial intelligence, musicology (both Western and non-Western), American Sign Language, and Jewish mysticism. He has combined these and many other fields of study together into some of the most important music written by anyone of his generation while retaining his status as the composer who is most worthy of being called a true theorist.

"The program is almost exactly the same [as Artifact 1004, issued in 1989]; but because three canons on the original recording (Nos. 4, 5, 6) have been reissued on Cold Blue 11, Polansky has added Nos. 21 and 23b, which are respectively from 2006/08 and 2008, giving the program a touch of the recent...Polansky has been many years in the north woods, teaching at Dartmouth, and developing sophisticated computer applications to execute his ideas (most notably a package called HMSL). Polanksy's music, at its most basic, is interactive and algorithmic...The last work, Psaltery, is the earliest (1978-79), and I think a pioneering piece...It's good to have this back in the discography. Polansky is a fertile musical mind, and a couple of these works are seminal." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Polansky, Larry : B'rey'sheet (In the Beginning), for voice & live electronics (Cantillation Study no 1)
  • Performers: Phil Burk (Programming); Phil Burk (Electronics); David Rosenboom (Programming); Jody Diamond (Gamelan); Larry Polansky (Programming); Larry Polansky (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Polansky, Larry : Four-Voice Canon no 3 ("Computer")
  • Performers: David Rosenboom (Programming); Larry Polansky (Programming); Larry Polansky (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Polansky, Larry : Four Voice Canon no 21 ("Epitaph"), for electric guitars
  • Performers: Dan Ellis (Programming); Douglas Repetto (Programming); Larry Polansky (Programming)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006-2008

>Polansky, Larry : Four Voice Canon no 23b ("freeHorn canon"), for tubas
  • Performers: Robin Hayward (Tuba); Phil Burk (Programming); Larry Polansky (Programming)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Polansky, Larry : Simple Actions / Rules of Compossibility, for voice & computer
  • Performers: Chris Mann (Voice); David Rosenboom (Programming); Larry Polansky (Electronics); Larry Polansky (Programming)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Polansky, Larry : Psaltery
  • Performers: David Rosenboom (Programming); Larry Polansky (Electronics); Larry Polansky (Programming)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978-1979