upcoming events
06.22.2024: Berlin, DE
Long Night of Sciences
06.23.2024: Los Angeles, US
Dog Star 20

pieces

2023

seeds and ledgers 1 - 3

2022

varilude
dawning (redux)

2021

to kill a monarch

2020

a great conjunction: having not played a concert all year
Counterfeiting in Colonial Connecticut

2019

a history of the domino problem
berger-knuth
robinson
penrose
ammann
kari-culik
jaendel-rao
a prehistory of the domino problem
fanfare
generator and metal
steady state: a study in taxation

2018

dear robert, perhaps all is a type of cartography
a lot of tiles (trivial scan)
mercado san juan
reading piece for library or bookstore

2017

ida for amy
Remembering Clive Wearing
flight path
ostinato and interrupt
curved bow and negative
rockfall
pedal, triangle machine, and (perhaps) coda (abstract)
4 computer music studies

2016

field and perfect circuit (redux)
essay on the art of combinations
generator, hierarchical dust, and necklaces
preliminary thoughts

2015

to walk and ponder
to walk and ponder (abstract)
single track
tergiversate
fade and aviary

2014

to hum and walk
Approximating Omega (redux)
[___south america___] miscellany
a conversation
necklaces
partition and gate

2013

chorale and finely tuned resonators
to converge (abstract)
lv
glass economies
economy study (in one dimension)

2012

quieting rooms
delayGraph pre-alpha
half-normal
project.reflect.refract
minor third

2011

a chance reduction...
mass and band
minor third abstract
slip and stitch
welcome round for larry
lower limit

2010

partition conjugate prime
choir|orchestra|choir
one|two|one
subset canon
scene++
just above and/or below the waterline...
pedal, triangle machine, and (perhaps) coda
after eons
Approximating Omega

2009

piano machine
recitation, code, and (perhaps) round
field and perfect circuit
for gregory chaitin
for Sol LeWitt
gray codes

2008

towards completeness
small world
dissection and field
room and seams
seams

2007

resonance i
maximum change
after a koan
sound.sound
many many
Transplanting, 06.11.07-06.16.07 (or Transcription, USA!)
a chance happening...
4 Ascents for James Tenney

2006

Trajectories
Prime Decomposition
Streams I
diy for larry polansky
three books and a dissertation
in tone
for michael pisaro
sort I
nothing...I

2005

A Gaussian Canon
Perspectives I
Commas
a set of pieces with one note

2004

Filter IV - P.I.X.L. Study No. 1
Filter III
Difference
2 Filters
Flux

2003

Fission
Coincidental Canon
Telot's Crystal

2002

A Meditation for Solo Piano
Beat Canon
Density Study No. 2

2001

The Other Self

miscellany

order matters
scaffold and map
material... for james klopfleisch
copyedit
line and cipher
before you cure the beast...
20 arrows 9 dashes
for orin hildestad
4 James Orsher
Vein Transcription
Entropic Canon
Three
cactus for james orsher
1 sample, x performers, y seconds
Intersections I
random I
almost every piece
for cassia streb
Infinity III
Lecture on Infinity
a tone for Eric KM Clark
A Flourish
Infinity 2
Infinity 1
Chromatic Study
Tri-Dimensional Canon

writings

A simplicity bubble problem in formal-theoretic learning systems
with Abrahão, F., Zenil, H., Porto, F., Wehmuth, K. and D'Ottaviano, I. forthcoming.
The simplicity bubble effect as a zemblanitous phenomenon in learning systems
with Abrahão, F., Cavassane, R. and D'Ottaviano, I. forthcoming.
Evolving curricula: reflections on The Quarantine Seminars
with Dantas, P. forthcoming.
Meta+phenomenology: primer towards a phenomenology formally based on algorithmic information theory and metabiology
Unravelling Complexity: Life and Work of Gregory Chaitin. editors Doria, F. and Wuppuluri, S. World Scientific. 2020.
Liner notes to the album the yggdrasil-soli by Ulrich Krieger
Winds Measures Recordings. 2020.
A few more thoughts about Leibniz: the prediction of harmonic distance in harmonic space (with text to preliminary thoughts)
MusMat: Brazilian Journal of Music and Mathematics. volume 3. 2019.
steady state: a study in taxation
nY. editors Vriezen, S. volume 38. 2019.
liner notes to the album Changes by James Tenney
with Polansky, L. New World Records. 2019.
On minimal change musical morphologies
The Musical-Mathematical Mind. editors Pareyon, G., Pina-Romero, S., Agustin-Aquino, O.A., and Lluis-Puebla, E. Springer. 2017.
Liner notes to the album Three Pieces for Two Pianos by Larry Polansky
New World Records. 2016.
From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory
Tenney, J. editors Polansky, L., Pratt, L., Wannamaker, R., and Winter, M. University of Illinois Press. 2015.
Approximating Omega
Carbono (online). volume 7. 2014.
Chordal and timbral morphologies using Hamiltonian cycles
with Akhmedov, A. Journal of Mathematics and Music. volume 8. 2014.
Relativity and scalability with respect to sound and silence
Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation. editors Lely, J. and Saunders, M. Bloomsbury. 2012.
A few more words about James Tenney: dissonant counterpoint and statistical feedback
with Polansky, L. and Barnett, A. Journal of Mathematics and Music. volume 5. 2011.
Notes on a new economics for a new music
Experimental Music Yearbook (online). volume 2. 2010.
LiveScore: real–time notation in the music of Harris Wulfson
with Barrett, G.D. Contemporary Music Review. volume 29. 2010.
Structural Metrics: an epistemology
Dissertation. 2010.
James Tenney: Selected Works 1961–1969 (review)
Journal of the Society for American Music. volume 4. 2010.
James Tenney biographical entry
with Hanson, S., Streb, C., and Polansky, L. Grove Dictionary of American Music. Oxford University Press. 2009.
On James Tenney's Arbor Vitae for string quartet
Contemporary Music Review. volume 27. 2008.
Mavericks on mavericks: James Tenney’s last courses at CalArts
MusikTexte. volume 112. 2007.
Automatic Notation Generators
with Barrett, G.D. and Wulfson, H. Proceedings of the 7th International NIME Conference.  2007.

albums

Counterfeiting in Colonial Connecticut

single track

preliminary thoughts

preliminary thoughts

lower limit

approximating omega

west coast soundings

rounds

Music of Ostrava Days 2009 Live

DIY Canons