Beauty Enthralled
Computer generated score with processed viola samples.

Beauty Enthralled (MP3)

Beauty Enthralled was one of my earliest attempts to use the non-linear dynamical system known as the Standard Map to generate the work more or less automatically. Both the note-by-note sequence of pitch in time, as well as the architecture of the whole, are generated from one "run" of the iterated equations which comprise the Standard Map. The tuning of the notes is left "raw", rather than being constrained to fit the 12-tone equal-tempered system.

Beauty Enthralled was first performed in Buffalo, New York, in a slightly different instrumental realisation. This version stems from a re-orchestration using a collection of viola samples, completed in Banff, Alberta, in 1991. It was used to accompany Marcus Novak's 4D hyperspatial VR work Dancing With the Virtual Dervish as part of the Banff Centre's "Art and Virtual Environments" project in 1992, and a version with harp scordatura was performed at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1996. Violist Parmela Attariwala used it as a basis for a microtonal viola duet in her Attar Project, performed in Toronto in 1996 and Vancouver in 1999.

Excerpt from Beauty Enthralled as performed by Parmela Attariwala (MP3)

Transcription of the computer part (PDF)

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