A Sample from Make Music New York
June 20th, 2012
Not only is June 21st the longest day of the year, it may also be the most musical. Now in its fourth year, Make Music New York has organized over 1,000 free concerts for the day around the city. Check out the schedule for events across all the boroughs in a variety of genres, including premieres, participatory concerts, and more. (With so many shows planned, most New Yorkers will probably stumble upon a concert or two between morning and night.)
For a sample from last year’s Make Music New York offerings, check out this clip of “Gradient vs. Drone,” which was composed by Eric Frederic and performed by Tom Peyton and Zak Engel.
Gradient vs Drone uses polyrhythm and harmony to explore equal ratios expressed in both rhythm and pitch. As the drone rhythm and tone go on unchanging, their gradient counterparts escalate in tempo and pitch, stopping at prescribed junctures of rhythmic and harmonic consonance.
The outdoor setting adds its own mark on the texture of the sound as well. You can hear the whole track here.
Click here for our coverage of “Bell by Bell” from the companion winter Make Music New York festival, click here.