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The musical material for this elegant and serenely beautiful ensemble work, written in 1995-1996 and scored for Eastern and Western instruments in alternative tunings, is based on data derived from two electrodes, attached to various plant leaves, that measure slight changes in the plants' electrical potential. This dynamic data is then translated into lovely melodic patterns (via the computer music software called MAX). Each of the six movements — consisting of solos, duos, trios, and the last a quartet — is a "collection" of four "patterns," and a different tuning system is applied to each collection. The ensemble consists of 20-stringed and 17-stringed kotos, hitsu (25-stringed zither), sho (mouth organ), harpsichord, and two violas da gamba. ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi


Born: 1955

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Composer Mamorou Fujieda received his Ph.D. in music from the University of California, San Diego, in 1988. He studied composition with Morton Feldman, Joji Yuasa, Gordon Mumma, and Julio Estrada, and has had his work performed in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. Since his return to Japan in 1989, Fujieda has organized a sound art festival (SoundCulture Japan '93), worked as music director for Interlink (a festival for new American music...
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