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SIMPLEXITY FOR 4-HANDS AND A PIANO (or two)
ęSOLARIS MUSIC – 2012
Dedicated to Neda Navaee
Composed by Randall Meyers
SIMPLEXITY FOR 4-HANDS AND A PIANO (OR TWO)
Duration: ca. 7 min.
Edition Solaris Music, Munich - Spoleto
Simplexity, as a theory proposes a possible complementary relationship between complexity and simplicity: why simple things become complex and how complex things can be made simple; the process, one may say, by which nature and art in particular, strives towards simple ends by complex means; or the result of relatively simple contents, created by random actions, like composing music for piano, becomes rich in complexity.
"Nature is pleased with simplicity" Newton.
Since the idea (theory) of Simplexity can be applied to multiple disciplines, I have endeavored to funnel the structural process of this music through its formal design. Of course, in music and its performance, the idea of simple and complex are highly relative concepts: based on one’s technical proficiency, musical taste (bias), and countless other considerations of an aesthetic nature. It is also noteworthy to mention that music is fundamentally a mathematical art form, millennia ago listed as one of the sciences of ancient Greece. Pythagoras, with his hammers having historically created the Tetraktys of musical intervals. Without doubt everything is counted in music, even spaces and silence.
"Nature [and music] is the realization of the simplest conceivable mathematical ideas" Einstein.
We long for, and are therefore satisfied by, simplicity; but to achieve this ideal state great complexity is often employed; by nature, artists and composers alike.
Simplexity, then, as applied to my musical meaning stands for a balance between the growing complexity of the interplay of comparatively simple musical structures, or vice-versa, resulting in our own aesthetic satisfaction thereof.
Randall Meyers, Munich, 2012
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