Larry Polansky: Four-Voice Canons

Larry Polansky: Four-Voice Canons

by Larry Polansky


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Larry Polansky: Four-Voice Canons

This CD, released in December 2002, culls the fruits of 25 years of experimentation with the mensuration canon. Each piece features four voices entering in canon form, each voice going through its line faster than the previous so that all four voices finish at the same time. To this centuries-old principle of time compression, Larry Polansky adds an extra rule where each voice goes through a permutational cycle of a small number of musical elements. Four-Voice Canons presents 16 of these works. The oldest ("No. 4"), was written in 1978-1979; the freshest ("Nos. 14," "16," "17," and "18") were completed in the summer of 2002 for this album. Variations in instruments (or sound sources in some cases) and the instrumentalists' dynamics, ranges, tones, and textures ensure that each piece has its own identity. Yet by the tenth track, the listener "gets the picture." It's time to hit the stop button and come back later. Some of these pieces have seen the light of day elsewhere ("No. 10: Four Boys Mannin'" on the Frog Peak Collaborations Project, "No. 8: Nerve Canon" on Transforms: The Nerve Events Project), but it was a good idea to put them all together. Highlights include William Winant's delicate marimba in "No. 4," Polansky's own fretless guitar playing in the intimate "No. 17: Guitar Canon," the self-explanatory "No. 14: Kid Canon," and the three different realizations of the composer's open score for "No. 13: DIY Canon" by Daniel Goode, Nick Didkovsky, and Nathan Davis. This album makes a slightly dry listen when taken in one gulp, but each piece has its fascinating quirks.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2002
Label: Cold Blue Label
UPC: 0800413001126
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 307830

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Polansky   Primary Artist,Guitar
Daniel Goode   Tape
Anthony Braxton   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Mann   Voices
Jody Diamond   Gamelan,Rebab
John Potter   Vocals
William Winant   Percussion,Marimbas
William Brooks   Vocals
Stephen Johnson   Vocals
Katie Lenhart   Vocals
Saskia Nislow   Vocals
Eliza Polli   Vocals
York Vocal Index   Ensemble
Hester Godfrey   Vocals
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong   Vocals
Ha-Yang Kim   Cello
Anna Diamond Polansky   Vocals
Meghan Gallagher   Vocals
Chris Mann   Vocals
Nathan Davis   Percussion

Technical Credits

Daniel Goode   Composer,Engineer
Larry Polansky   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Editing
Chris Mann   Composer
Jody Diamond   Percussion Assistant
Nick Didkovsky   Composer,Sound Source
Tom Erbe   Engineer
Jim Fox   Producer,Cover Design
John Potter   Director
William Brooks   Director
Richard Povall   Engineer
Ray Guillette   Composer,Computer Analysis
John Williams & the Tick Tocks   Engineer
John Wiliams   Engineer
Miriam Kolar   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Chris Mann   Text
Nathan Davis   Composer,Engineer

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