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This composition is an exploration of the physics of sound.

The most basic representation of sound is a single sine wave. And many different sine waves are all contained within one single 'note.' Within a note, the order these sine waves appear is a constant in nature. It's called the harmonic series, and it is present everywhere in the physical world. The amplitude of each present sine wave helps inform us what resonator is 'making' the sound. It is one of the ways humans differentiate between a piano, a trombone, a guitar, etc... all playing the same note.

What this composition does, then, is it takes 2 fundamental base notes and plays with the overtones (all of the sine waves of a note's harmonic series except the fundamental, or lowest-sounding, sine wave.) This play creates both melodic and rhythmic harmonies.

Both the relation in PITCH and in TIMING in the shift from note 1 to note 2 to note 1 to note 2 etc... is roughly A + B is to A as A is to B, or the golden ratio, represented by the Greek letter phi (φ).

The ideas within this composition were influenced by Paul Hindemith, Éliane Radigue, Arvo Pärt, and Brian Eno.


released May 1, 2020
Written, performed, recorded and produced by Nathan Goheen on a Behringer Model D and Yamaha MODX

Mastered by Mike Reina at the Brink -- thejackfields.com

Painting by Anne-Marie Eugene -- www.exploringsoul.com


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