The Goal

SInce January I learn to play the guitar. I am a beginner; I can play any chords but very slowly, and all major and minor scales. I like in this instrument its gentle and quiet sound.

The goal of this project will be a piece for solo guitar. It should be so difficult, that it should possible to be played by myself. It should use the trivial melodic material of the chromatic scale. The rhythm should also be simple. The piece should prefer homogeneity rather than contrast. Contrast should exist in the middle form, in the manner of (self) dialogue, it should not occur as two opposite aspects.

These were some general axioms, but they say nothing about the long form. The piece should have the form of a great chromatic scale, which has its local peaks and lows and generally begins around a and ends in the high register of the instruments. It should present in this manner the whole range of the guitar. It will not be a great crescendo. The many local ups and downs should be unpredictable in contrast to the general trend (upwards).

The middle trend should not be monotone increasing (from the bottom, to the top), but it should have its peaks and lows as well. This scope is the key structure that will make the piece interesting; it will balance between the unpredictability of the local motion and the simplicity of the general one.

The unpredictability of the local motion will be determined by selected randomness, using discrete trajectories of stochastic processes. I will use mathematics and computer programming. But I do not want to risk producing great masses. Programming can be great instrument in producing large amount of data, but I am a lover of small structures and detail.

The duration of the piece should be ≈10 minutes.

2 Responses to “The Goal”

  1. Ole says:

    It is great to look over the shoulder of a composer!
    Go ahead! An best greetings from F’hain to W’ding in the hope of a meeting…

    Ciao – Ole

  2. a_droseltis says:

    Thanks Ole!

    Let’s meet in the next days and go out for a beer in Kreuzberg!