Saturday, February 26, 2022

"The Cable Passed Through Her Clenched Fingers" For One Percussionist. Bil Smith Composer

"The Cable Passed Through Her Clenched Fingers"

For One Percussionist

Bil Smith Composer

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"Heritage Equation" for Viola


"Heritage Equation"

For Solo Viola


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Published by LNM Editions

Madrigal Avalta Lucivity. (A Compaction Music) Bil Smith Composer, 2020. The Recording


"Madrigal Avalta Lucivity"

The Recording on SoundCloud:

On Compaction Music...

In philosophy, reduction (compaction music) is the process by which one object, property, concept, theory, etc., is shown to be explicable in terms of another, lower level, entity.

In particular, a concern of philosophy is as to the scope of physical theory, and whether, for example, all events are ultimately physical events, a discussion closely related to the topic of causal closure.In music, such reduction is generally desirable, because it explains why and how the work which is being reduced exists, and because it promotes conceptual and theoretical economy.

Reducing musical properties to properties of sonic particles thus explains these properties and integrates them into a single explanatory framework, that of aural structure.

Thus we might also describe reduction as a process analogous to compaction, by which one theory (or concept, or property, and so on) is wholly subsumed under another.

Compactionism can be divided into three general areas – methodological, theoretical, and ontological – and reduction (the process) into two – theoretical and ontological.

Methodological reductionism is the attempt to reduce explanations to the smallest possible entities. In science, methodological reductionism would result in the atomic explanation of a substance’s boiling point, and perhaps in an explanation based on even smaller particles (quarks, perhaps).

Theoretical reductionism is reductionism applied to hypothetical theories, the goal of reducing the present multiplicity of theories to a single super-theory through the process of theoretical reduction, the theory of everything.

Finally, ontological reductionism is the belief that reality is composed of a minimum number of kinds of entities or substances. This claim is usually metaphysical, and is most commonly a form of monism, in effect claiming that all objects, properties and events are reducible to a single substance. 
(A dualist who is an ontological reductionist would presumably believe that everything is reducible to one of two substances.)

"CatchTrigger" (A Compaction Piece) for Female Chorus : "her intolerance was attenuated by a rather unexpected liberalism"

Asemic Score Substrate
"CatchTrigger" (A Compaction Piece) for Female Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Reductive Cellular Automata, and Negative Re-Synthesis Based on the Karplus-Strong Algorithm.
Bil Smith Composer.

"her intolerance was attenuated by a rather unexpected liberalism"

My compaction works are much in the style of identifying with an Oulipian theorem of puzzle, rule, governance and adherence. These works have been inspired by both original and documented music and art which is unified by a common thread.

Score excerpt: Irabeag Markruler, Krakens' Muscular System