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Primarily Sexy

for solo vibraphone (commissioned by Caleb Herron) (2009) 6′15″

  • Premiere => SCI Region V Conference, Caleb Herron - Vibraphone; 10.2.2010.
  • Presented => SCI Region V Conference, SCI National Conference 2010.

Program Notes: 

Primarily Sexy (2009), for solo vibraphone, was commissioned by Caleb Herron, and is one of a series of works focusing on subtle ratios of time and the goal of obscuring the perception of 1:1. These ratios (for example - 1:1, 7:6, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 5:3, 7:4, 11:6, 2:1; or 12:12, 14:12, 15:12, 16:12, 18:12, 20:12, 21:12, 22:12, and 24:12) are approached by means of a loose system of function specific rules. In addition, this work uses prime numbers to determine almost all musical parameters including form, pitch, dynamics, rhythm, and arrangement of materials. The title is derived from the use of "sexy" primes to determine all formal divisions, section lengths, and arrangements of differing materials. Aside from the use of sexy prime groups, prime numbers are used as an increment value and to map points of change in musical parameters.