Tension Studies

by Samuel Adams

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katmiller Heard the Living Earth Show play Study 1 in Columbia, SC tonight. a fantastic piece and performance! Found these recordings right after I was done applauding.
Looking forward to hearing Study 2 later! Favorite track: Tension Study no. 1.
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About the work:

I composed Tension Studies between the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. They came as a request from my friends Andy and Travis not too long after they decided to create The Living Earth Show. I said 'yes' because I admire their nimble, curious musical minds.

Both studies employ superficial narratives of tension: soft to loud, slow to fast. Within this rigid framework I explore other tensions. Some are concrete: between the strings and tuning pegs of the guitar, equal temperament and microtonality. Some are more abstract: between ambition and failure, awkwardness and extroversion.

I designated the pieces 'studies' because their goals are musical and, particularly in the first study, technical.

I wrote the electronics with a software called Max/MSP. They function primarily to highlight the overtones of the guitar and to transform several samples.

Tension Studies was commissioned by Andrews Meyerson and Travis Andrews.


released October 7, 2015



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