for Orchestra and CPU
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‘Predisposition’ is a 30min work for orchestra and CPU based on the delightful Ariana Grande song’ Positions’. The title of the piece is both derived from the song, while being a reference to the struggle between the genetic/prophetic predetermined course of our lives versus the more immediate/spontaneous aspects of our free will – and the constant tension between the two. This tension is reflected in the rigged rondo like recurrence of everything in the structure while overlaid on top is a constant drift into dreamlike improv.
The melodic material of the piece is broken up from the song’s verse/transition/chorus, all of which is stretched, shrunk, played upside down and backwards, in typical 18th C counterpoint fashion. The harmonic material is derived from the deceptively simple 1-1V progression that mixes the modes between C and F. This leads to an expanding series of 1-1V until it becomes a circle of fourths through all 12 keys.
Another important recurring aspect of the piece was inspired by Hans Zimmer’s Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack where there is this long suspension in the main theme that is used as a pivot between keys- it’s is very emotional. I utilize a similar suspension, not only as the motive derived from the first two notes of the song, but continuously at the end of each of the 3 movements, where the piece starts cycling more purposefully through the circle of fourths.
Finally, another big influence was all the recording, editing, and production work I have done for the amazing composer, Michael Torke. All his quasi-fugues, hocketing and canons of inversion seeped into all aspects of this music.
This piece, along with another orchestra/CPU piece, ‘Wave of Apophis’ will be part of a new CD release, ‘Hive Mind’ in 2022.