Tristan lHermite


The pieces I have made here are not musical "compositions" in the conventionally thought of sense. Rather, I think of sets of rules to apply to notes or the interactions between notes, wondering what the result will sound like. I then write software programs to realize the rules and generate a piece, having no idea what the result will sound like. So the structure of these pieces is strictly the working through of the rules, and the rules themselves give the piece a cohesion. A piece that may sound somewhat undifferentiated at first, with repeated listens begins to yield emerging patterns to the ear, like the eye gradually perceiving shapes in a dimly lit room... I would categorize these pieces as postminimalist because the repetitive process (repeated application of rules) is under the surface, generating the surface, instead of on the surface as in Steve Reich or Philip Glass...