Novel Forces is a work for the 31-tone microtonal Fokker organ, housed in the small hall of the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. It attempts to breath contemporary life into the tonal structures of the late Baroque period through the new chords and scales available in the Fokker organ’s unique temperament. It takes a particularly resonant chord from the harmonic series as a fresh “major chord” and then uses this chord within the hierarchies and gravitational forces of traditional tonality.
Harmony provides the momentum behind the work, while various grooves and textures are used to explore this new tonal space. Whatever your chosen analogy may be for the experience of the piece as a whole — physical tension and release, an archetypal story, sex, evolution, departure and homecoming — enjoy the journey.
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