Composition 2020​.​13 (Desert Stories)

by Bernhard Living

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Composition 2020.13 (Desert Stories) is forty-two minutes and forty-seconds in duration - and was produced digitally using FM and granular synthesis. The components of the composition consist of two orchestral chords from Edgar Varèse’s Déserts - a thirty-two-bar sound that repeats every sixty-four bars - a one-hundred-and-twenty-eight-bar sound that repeats every one-hundred-ninety-two bars - and a twelve-hundred-and-eighty-bar sinewave-based tone - pitched at C1 - that continues throughout the duration of the composition.

According to Varèse, the title of his composition regards, "not only physical deserts of sand, sea, mountains, snow, outer space and deserted city streets... but also distant inner space... where man is alone in a world of mystery and essential solitude.”

Composition 2020.13 (Desert Stories) Film is of a car journey through the Mojave desert in Nevada.


released February 29, 2020


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