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Tenney (1986)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000: 1965-2000

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195151152
eISBN:
9780199850044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0036
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about James Tenney. Tenney was a fine composer, pianist, and conductor who was championing the works of (among others) Ives, Varèse, Cage, Feldman, Brown, and ... More


Sights and Sounds of the Moving Mind: The Visionary Soundtracks of Stan Brakhage

Eric Smigel

in The Music and Sound of Experimental Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190469894
eISBN:
9780190469931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469894.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

American experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage revolutionised independent cinema by cultivating a new poetic idiom designed to document the subjective vision of the eye behind the camera. Committed to ... More


The Structure of Harmonic Series Aggregates: (1979)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney discusses the structure of harmonic series aggregates and provides a detailed explanation of the genesis of his HD function. He describes, through first principles (perception, simple ... More


Reflections after Bridge: (1984)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney focuses on the “reconciliation” of two musical worlds: formal and aesthetic ideas inspired by John Cage, and harmonic possibilities suggested by Harry Partch. Using the computer as a ... More


On “Crystal Growth” in Harmonic Space: (1993/2003)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney talks about his “crystal growth” algorithm, an idea that suggests a new “harmonic syntax” for harmonic space. As a quantitative model, it is both suggestively rich for future composition ... More


About Diapason: (1996)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney reflects on his 1996 composition Diapason. Near the beginning and the end of the piece, the “diapason” includes harmonics from the forty-eighth through sixty-fourth, whereas at the ... More


On the Physical Correlates of Timbre: (1965)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney discusses the physical correlates of timbre using the digital computer technique developed at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. His intention is to synthesize a large class of timbres, ... More


Darmstadt Lecture: (1990)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In his “Darmstadt Lecture,” one of the few published examples of his public lectures, James Tenney talks about problems of harmony, which he breaks down into a number of other, smaller problems, ... More


Excerpts from “An Experimental Investigation of Timbre—the Violin”: (1966)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney presents excerpts from his 1966 essay “An Experimental Investigation of Timbre—the Violin.” The research was carried out at the School of Music and the Computation Center at Yale ... More


Hierarchical Temporal Gestalt Perception in Music: (1978)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney talks about hierarchical temporal gestalt perception in music based on a metric space model, which he applied to compositions by Anton Webern, Edgard Varèse, and Claude Debussy. He ... More


Space Exploration, Part 2: Mormon Cosmology and The Well-Tuned Piano

Jeremy Grimshaw

in Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199740208
eISBN:
9780199918713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740208.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter uses one of Young’s most important formative influences, namely, the Mormon faith in which he was raised, to explore one of his most important works, The Well-Tuned Piano. This ... More


Meta ⌿ Hodos: June 1961

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In this essay, James Tenney discusses a phenomenology of twentieth-century musical materials and an approach to the study of form. Before describing the musical materials, Tenney examines the factors ... More


Introduction to “Contributions toward a Quantitative Theory of Harmony”: (1979)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney presents the introduction to his 1979 essay “Contributions toward a Quantitative Theory of Harmony.” In this introduction, Tenney discusses the history of consonance/dissonance, paying ... More


John Cage and the Theory of Harmony: (1983)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney examines some of John Cage's theoretical ideas and their possible implications for a new theory of harmony that he argues requires new definitions of “harmony,” “harmonic relations,” ... More


Review of Music as Heard by Thomas Clifton: (1985)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In this review of Thomas Clifton's book Music as Heard, James Tenney reflects on Clifton's new approach to music theory intended as a remedy for a problem that he and others had recognized, namely, ... More


Computer Music Experiences, 1961–1964: (1964)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney reflects on his experiences with computer music during the period 1961–1964. He recalls arriving at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in September 1961 with a number of what he calls ... More


For More New Signals

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Concurrent with the developing plenitude of sounds from the early avant-garde through the experimental arts in the 1960s, exemplified in John Cage’s “For More New Sounds” (1941), was an expansion of ... More


Cage and the Computer: A Panel Discussion

Pritchett James, Tenney James, Culver Andrew, and White Frances

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226044071
eISBN:
9780226044873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226044873.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

This chapter outlines Cage's aesthetics and discusses how they affected his own pioneering work on computer sound synthesis at the Bell Labs during 1960. James Tenney credits his concentration in ... More


On the Development of the Structural Potentialities of Rhythm, Dynamics, and Timbre in the Early Nontonal Music of Arnold Schoenberg: (1959)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In this essay, James Tenney discusses the development of the structural potentialities of rhythm, dynamics, and timbre in the early nontonal music of Arnold Schoenberg. Beginning with the Three Piano ... More


Form in Twentieth-Century Music: (1969–70)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney reflects on form in twentieth-century music, first by offering an alternative to the conventional definition of form and introducing a number of new terms. He then considers three ... More


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