Hello and Goodbye (2008)

from Symbiotica (a cross-cultural mixup)

(excerpts from piano music of Claude Debussy, Eric Satie, Olivier Messiaen combined with original percussion music) 

The piano music consists of a 2-track stereo recording containing only ‘beginnings’ and ‘endings’ selected from various piano pieces of Debussy, Satie, and Messiaen. The beginnings and endings were specifically selected based on natural breaks or character distinctions within the music. 

Selected piano segments were placed on 2 tracks, independently of one another. The segments were numbered, then recombined randomly, with little or no separation of silence between them. True random numbers were used, generated by noisy conditions in the Earth’s atmosphere. Beginning and ending segments range in duration from several seconds to half a minute.

Percussion instrumentation consists of snare drum, timpani, timbales, tenor drum, tambourine, triangle. cymbal, gong, claves, woodblocks, rattle

recorded piano samples were selected from:

Claude Debussy    various Preludes, Books I and II played by Krystian Zimerman

                                 selected Etudes played by Garrick Ohlsson

Eric Satie                selected piano works played by Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Oliver Messiaen     Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesus played by Joanna MacGregor