"Cycles" for full orchestra and electronics.



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The piece “Cycles” for full orchestra and electronics takes inspiration from the cycles of the earth. Specifically, the piece describes elastic rebound theory in the first movement, cycles of water in the second movement, and the life cycle of birth to birth in the third. The movements are titled “Elastic Rebound,” “Whilst waves marked time,” and “Star Matter,” respectively. “Cycles” incorporates several different compositional styles. The first movement, “Elastic Rebound,” was written using serialist techniques, with earthquake data driving the pitch content. The other two movements, however, are post-minimalist in style with repetitive melodic content against a steady pulse. The electronics included in this piece are audio tracks that are to be played along with the performance. These tracks include sounds representative of earthquake data, as well as sound clips from oceans and animals.