Work in progress: Squarepusher

Although I’m hesitant to share this when it’s so rough, in the spirit of “release early, release often”, here is a new taiko piece I’m working on. On Ensemble is chipping away at it, as well as a number of great players in LA, and I’m hoping we’ll debut it next summer. The interlocking rhythms are really challenging and I clearly have to improve my timing precision between now and then. Here’s to more good practice in 2013!

Parts test video
This is a test-run of the four parts of the piece. Aside from the lethargic playing and sloppy timing, it gives a sense of the overall piece and how the parts are intended to fit together.

Squarepusher – work in progress

Here is a very rough draft of the score for the piece. It’s incomplete in parts and hasn’t been split properly into pages, but for the brave taiko explorer, it has the tone and sticking notation. (Below is a PDF single-long-page version, and the original, SVG file. I use the free software, Inkscape, to write my scores.)

Score symbol and kuchishoga legend
I’m working on a more thorough system of kuchishoga which incorporates the various tones of used in Squarepusher. The following document is the current “kuchishoga periodic table” which includes the notation and pronunciation of the various tones.

8 Responses to “Work in progress: Squarepusher”

  1. maz says:

    this is sick. you’ve got the flu… you’re sick!

  2. mitchell says:

    i second maz…this is disgustingly sick. i am really, really looking forward to seeing this in a performance sometime!

  3. Bruno says:

    Woah. Yuri sent me to this. Love the periodic table of kuchishoga. It brings back old(good?) memories of biochem. Love this concept but having just seen it for the first time ever its very intimidating.

  4. Kelvin says:

    Kris, this is AMAZING. Words fail me.

    • kris says:

      I can’t wait to show you some of this stuff, Kelvin! I’ve written one of the parts with your skills in mind and I think you’ll be awesome at it!

  5. Peggy says:

    just plain awesome! I wish I got to see it live at the concert! And even more excited that I learned a line! :) thanks again for a fabulous weekend!

  6. Wendy says:

    I just love your sexy brain. (Mmmmm, braaains….)

  7. Art says:

    Hi Kris, just wanted to write to say this is amazing. Can’t wait to see the finished version.

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