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Published on: 22 October 2008

Nocturne by Gordon Green
an improvisation embellished in real time with MIDI processing software, uses the resonance of the piano to create a still, nocturnal atmosphere wherein different harmonies can be mulled over in a leisurely way. The software embellished the improvisation by cycling through repeating sets of intervals, and fragments were recalled and varied as the improvisation unfolded. The original idea for this came from the bird-call transcriptions in Olivier Messiaen’s piano music, which often use more sophisticated variations of similar techniques.

Gordon Green’s (b. 1960) varied influences include the work of Charles Ives, Morton Feldman, and Olivier Messiaen, as well as Indian music, cartoon music, and John Philip Sousa marches. His music combines the expressivity of improvised gestures with the sonic capabilities of electronics, and is informed by his work as a painter and software developer.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Green studied music at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and computer art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, with additional studies at the Berklee College of Music, Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, and New York University. His principal teachers were Rudolph Palmer and Richard Wilson. Green has been commissioned by pianist Frederick Moyer, the Ethos Percussion Group, and Schween-Hammond Duo, and supported by the Jerome Foundation, Millay Colony, and W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts. His music can be found on the Capstone, Centaur, and JRI labels; his recent release, Serpentine Sky, is a surround-sound recording of music for multiple computer-controlled pianos.

Gordon Green – Nocturne (2001), for piano and computer-controlled Disklavier grand piano
Gordon Green performer

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