James Tenney’s Maximusic

On Arraymusic’s 50th Anniversary, May 20th 2023

1.Soft roll on large cymbal; constant,
resonant, very long.
(2) Sudden loud, fast improvisation on all the other (percussion) instruments except the tam-tams)-especially (bur not only) non-sustaining ones; constant texture: continue until nearly exhausted from the physical effort, but not as long as (1); end with tam-tam(s) (not used until now)-just one blow, as loud as possible.
(3) Same as (1), but now inaudible until all the other sounds have faded;
continue ad lib but not as long as (1) or (2), then let the cymbal fade
out by itself.

James Tenney

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