Proof of Concept

I’ve been a fan of M.C. Escher for a long time. One of the things that fascinates me about his art is how he meticulously worked out his tesselations on graph paper before incorporating them into a finished print. These “proof of concept” sketches were a necessary step in creating his mind-boggling works of art.

In the same way, I’ve had a number of Escheresque musical ideas that have been simmering on the back burner for some time. Yesterday, I was able to record a quick demo–a draft that would allow me to figure out some of the logistics for a later piece. In the end, it didn’t work. So be it. That’s how one learns.

Can anyone guess the musical concept I was trying to implement?

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2 Responses to Proof of Concept

  1. Jim says:

    Melodic inversion?

    • Greg Scheer says:

      Nope. It’s actually a canon with an ever-decreasing tempo until the theme returns at the original tempo (twice as fast as it ended).

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