O God! I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams --- William Shakespeare from HamletThis piece explores further all the instruments that were used by Richard Boulanger in his well known Trapped in Convert, and also in his later At Last...Free. The instruments are played in the same order and same proportions as appear in Trapped. However the timing, pitches, and durations and other parameters are chosen by values generated by the Henon (chaotic) equation. This equation
The question that lies behind the work and the Hamlet quotation is the starting point; are we really in boundless space or just trapped in a nutshell? Is this reality or just bad dreams?
The piece was algorithmically generated using a C program to calculate the Henon process with a=1.3 and b=0.21, and to map the results to the parameters to control a Csound score for instruments that are minor modifications of the Boulanger orchestra. The algorithm was developed and modified, partly with closer reference to Trapped in Convert and the use of instruments there, and partly on composer's choice. Composed in September-November 2002.
Csound score and orchestra (score was generated by a C program, not yet available).
WAV file, MP3 and OGG
First performed in Boston 2002.