Hymn 320

Instrumentation: percussion duo with electronics (or without electronics)

Duration: 10′

Program note:

Hymn 320 couples spoken text with percussion and electronics as a strategy for distorting, fragmenting, and correcting in a retroactive way the meaning of words of political activist Eugene Debs. The works considers the process of transformation of words into language ā€“ the emergence of meaning out of the mechanism of forming speech through contexts of phonetics and rhetoric. Underlying this process is a dialectic between stability (through noticeable pulse, steady tempo, low dynamic and palpable cadence) and change (through erratic shifts in tempo, dynamic outbursts, and timbral distortions via electronic transformation). This piece was commissioned by Daniel Kennedy and Michael McCurdy.

performance by Michael McCurdy and Daniel Kennedy


performance of version with electronics

SCORE (EXCERPT) – download full score below

score download/purchase

Hymn 320 – Score

Full score with performance instructions (version without electronics).


Please contact me for more information and for inquiries about electronics.

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