Commission: Productions SuperMusique
Recorded live on Tuesday, March 22 – Wednesday, 23, 2011 • Magali Babin; Guido Del Fabbro; Jean Derome; Émilie Girard-Charest; Joane Hétu; Philippe Lauzier; Danielle Palardy Roger; Alexandre St-Onge; Pierre Tanguay; Scott Thomson
The score for Reinventing the Wheel is a continuation of the mandala-inspired forms of circular notation that I have been developing over the past few years. This piece encourages a group of musicians to explore homologous and/or complementary pitch and rhythmic structures through real-time musical interaction and group decision making. The entire process is intended to function as a process of centering for both performers and listeners.
Reinventing the Wheel reflects several basic tenets of my creative practice:
- That no sound or system of musical logic is inherently better or more interesting than any other.
- That music should be a process of discovery for composers, performers, and audience members alike.
- That contemporary music offers us an opportunity to create not only new musical relationships, but also new social relationships through music.