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The Aleatory Arcana (Canceled)

Allowing the Tarot Deck to express itself through Music!! The Cards finally have a voice!

The Aleatory Arcana (Canceled)

Allowing the Tarot Deck to express itself through Music!! The Cards finally have a voice!

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As a student of music I chose as many composition projects and elective courses as possible. I quickly realized that the diatonic (major/minor) scales seemed a somewhat uninteresting factor in my composition efforts. This is the 21st century!! When I learned of Scriabin and his "Mystic" chord I became entranced. I wrote a few pieces and enjoy very much working within the pitch set provided. Debussy was a great pioneer in non traditional scales and I am drawn to his music as well. Ultimately, the twelve tone matrix and serial music became of great interest to me. The idea of this type of composition is to sound all 12 pitches in an octave in a prescribed order and without repeating them. A matrix is created and all "rows" have an interval relationship with the original row. I have played with this concept extensively for many years. I enjoy breaking rules so I do not always adhere exactly to the prescribed use of this form of composition. One of my favorite past projects was designed to emulate the birth of the universe. I used the twelve tone principle with its lack of a certain tonic to initially represent a discord and selectively removed pitches from the piece until a "harmony" was developed and the universe found a bit of balance.

What am I trying to do with this project? I simply wish to allow the Tarot Cards to represent themselves musically.I have done a few pieces in the past and one can be heard in the video on this page. The card in the video is the Six of Swords. I personally am ecstatic as to how well the music works with the meaning of this card to me. Now I endeavor to work through the "Major Arcana"; the 22 cards representing the Fool's journey. I have worked with the same set of Tarot cards for over twenty years now. I have never taken any money for personal readings. Quite honestly I don't believe the Tarot predicts the future. I believe that these cards with their symbols and ideas promote self analysis; often with a strange knack for understanding one's state of affairs.

How is this done? The cards dictate the row of pitches chosen. I simply shuffle cards 0-11 with zero representing the note C. So, I end up with a set of twelve tones (randomly generated?) to be used in a specific order. Next, the row is expanded into a matrix of inversions and retrogrades which all relate to the initial row choice. The cards choose how many rows are to be used and which ones. The hardest stage is instrument choice. For these pieces I have always used a very small ensemble. For example, the video on this page is set to piano, viola, and flute. I do my best to keep this process as random as possible but the composition ultimately comes down to my choices. From time to time I will add a dash of other tone sets to try to achieve a balance and create a mood representing the specific card in question.

This is not necessarily the easiest music to listen to. Many of our ears have been trained only to accept perfect harmonies ala Bach. However, if you take a chance, you may just find that music provides us a seemingly infinite soundscape. In my mind we ought be open to it.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. The goal here for me is not to make money. I work best when specific constraints and timelines are in play. I have created this project in order to push myself. If you choose to back me you aid me in a personal quest and I very much thank you for that. Thanks for your interest. The money is to be used mainly to buy the software program 'Finale" ... I am currently using a very old version. The newer version has a much better imitation of instruments and can apply my score notations more accurately during playback. I will also use funding to purchase a nice style of staff paper for handwritten scores.

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    All of the above plus one handwritten signed score. A personal three card reading in musical form with score and music file. I will not interpret cards for money. I will tell you the cards in your reading, photograph them, and create a piece based on what appears. If you wish to keep in touch with me and we are ever in the same area I will do a reading for you free of charge.

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    All of the above plus a personal ten card reading with score and music file. This will be a great challenge for me but I promise I will follow through with it. Also if you ever come to Korea, I will take you out for great food and we can have a fun night anywhere on this peninsula (save North of the border). Dedication of entire suite in your name.

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