Walking Down The Hillside At Cortona, And Seeing Its Towers Rise Before Me

from by Christopher Bailey, Sukato, Diaz, Gattegno, Nonken, Barton, Seo, Ding, Cerar

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A few summers ago, we were in Cortona, Italy. It's a medieval hill-town, the main part of the town being located high up on the hill, where the incline is very steep. There is virtually no area that can be said to be on "flat ground" of any sort. There are lots of stone buildings, tall and short, archways, narrow streets, stairways and alleys. While descending a set of stairs at one point, my gaze slowly ascended to glance at the top of one of the taller towers. This simple motion of ascent-during-descent inspired this composition. In it, aspects of the music ascend (for example, the height of the chords--at the beginning they are simple triads, by the end they are vast 'skyscraper chords'), while other aspects descend (the "bass" of the chords). A given descent will reach a certain point, and then 'reset', beginning a new descent. There are 7 such descents over the course of the piece, each one is more and more involved, and starts, and ends ("sinks") lower than the last.


from Immolation Ritual, released November 5, 2010
Jacob Barton, Juri Seo, 19-tone equal-tuned pianos



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Christopher Bailey Boston, Massachusetts

Born outside of Philadelphia, PA, Christopher Bailey is currently based in Boston, but frequently participates in musical events in New York City. His music explores a variety of musical threads, including microtonality, acousmatic and concrète sounds, serialist junk sculpture, ornate musical details laid out in flat forms, and constrained improvisation. ... more

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