Artist Book Editions



Periodic Serialism

CATALOG NO. B49-2012
Periodic Serialism

8-1/2" x 11"
Accordian fold opens to 44"
Digital print and cut paper
with original music composition on CD
Edition of 20

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Periodic Serialism is a musical composition with parts for strings and piano that were derived by using periodic trigonometric functions to determine the pitch and duration of the notes.

Seven mathematical equations were used to produce graphs of the functions and the the graphs were overlaid with a standard five-line music staff. Where the staff position intersected the graph, a note was placed. The resulting diagram was used to create the sheet music.

In the performance and recording of the music by the artist, additional improvised parts were added to complete the musical composition.

The music is illustrated with the function graphs that were used to create the actual music. The cut wave forms on each sheet are combinations of two or more of the functions added together like sound waves actually combine when electronically reproduced.

Audio - Creative Commons License
Periodic Serialism by Thomas Parker Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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