Mateo Lugo: Harmonic Distances

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I am convinced that the best music, regardless of style, is made when the people involved in making it – that is, those performing it - achieve a certain connection between each other that is difficult to describe.
With “Harmonic Distances” I seek to bring this connection to the foreground through a reconceptualization of vertical pitch structures (chords) as a continuum of harmonies that are “closer” or “further apart” within themselves. Using W.A Mathieu’s 5-limit lattice, I ordered all chromatic pitches in terms of distance from the root (for example “C” is closer to “F” than “Gb”) and included octave displacements as a parameter of measurement, arriving at a system in which a 12-digit number describes a particular chord and its degree of distance. “Harmonic Distances” attempts to bring the performers into a greater awareness of each other by exploring these different simultaneities.


from Made in California, released October 28, 2013



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Founded in Santa Barbara, California in early 2012, the Now Hear Ensemble is a unique combination of double bass, percussion, clarinet, viola, and saxophone, who’s primary goal is the premier of new works by emerging composers.

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