This class is a special composition project; composing music based on the elements of the new New School University Center on fifth avenue. The music will be performed on site for the grand opening in January 2014.
Beginning with Pythagoras’s discovery of the mathematical ratios that make up the overtone series (circa 530 BC), architects have used these ratios in their designs, and composers have in turn, used architectural design dimensions for their compositions. In this class we’ll explore how rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion and dynamics coincide in music and architecture. We will also take an in-depth look at the music of Iannis Xenakis.