Synthetic Backdrops

Synthetic Backdrops further explores the concepts of temporal dissonance most notably explored by Conlon Nancarrow in his studies for player piano. Unfortunately due to the single timbral medium Nancarrow was working with it’s nearly impossible to distinguish the multiple entrances. This work takes a single 5-minute idea and layers it on top of itself five times at different speeds and five different pitches. However the idea goes through very deliberate texture shifts that allows for each entrance of the idea to be distinguishable without being obvious. All of the sounds in this work were created using the ES2 and Modeling Synthesizers built into Logic Pro.