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I earned my DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in composition where I finished writing a thesis on Polytempic Polymicrotonal music, initially pioneered by Charles Ives in his Universe Symphony, from 1915-1925. I am also a drummer and I am interested in composing in the style of polytempic polymicrotonal music, which serves as an expansion of Ives, and also an expansion of what Xenakis called Outside Time structures, impoverished since the beginning of polyphony, but being replenished today and into the future, due to the resurgence of microtonality and the composer's desire to increase the pitch palette. I am in love with the idea of deliberately pairing tempo to tuning, framing each tuning in relief from its surroundings by different tempos, thus creating an other dimensional musical space.
I also write electroacoustic music in ProTools, such as the Bounced Around series, Gorgeous Monstrosity, and Drums of War, and I have a fair amount of drum-set compositions, in particular, 3:4:5:7, where I play four simultaneous meters with a common downbeat, and improvise in each independent meter/tempo. This piece is polytempic. Alien Music features this same drum-set composition and has added parts in different tunings: slendro/pelog, 19-TET, Just, and 12-TET. Both pieces are in this list!! Enjoy!

pthoege peter thoegersen, West Hills, California, United States

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  • African Slit Beat

    pthoege on May 08, 2012 05:19
  • Slings and Arrows II Artwork

    Slings and Arrows II

    pthoege on May 04, 2012 19:05
  • Jove Defeats Saturn Artwork

    Jove Defeats Saturn

    pthoege on April 21, 2012 01:00
  • Slings and Arrows

    pthoege on April 11, 2012 16:59
  • Jove Defeats Saturn Artwork

    Jove Defeats Saturn

    pthoege on March 08, 2012 02:07
  • Bounced Around

    pthoege on February 17, 2012 06:25
  • PetersWildDrumTale

    pthoege on February 17, 2012 05:20
  • Reincarnation, 2002

    pthoege on December 03, 2011 09:19
  • Woodwind Quintet, 2002

    pthoege on December 03, 2011 09:15
  • Brass Quintet 2002

    pthoege on December 03, 2011 09:12

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