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Reich, Rhythm and Repetition: Patterns in Music, Speech and Science

Reich, Rhythm and Repetition: Patterns in Music, Speech and Science
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Time: Nov 30th, 1:00 pm End: Dec 2nd, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Music, Faculty of , Humanities, History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-
Music Symposium

The Jackman Humanities Institute and the Faculty of Music present

3 Day Symposium

Reich, Rhythm and Repetition: Patterns in Music, Speech and Science

Day 1: Wed Nov 30 | 1-4 pm
Fields Institute, 222 College Street

PITCH TO RHYTHM
Lecture by Garry Kvistad, CEO of Woodstock Chimes, on the natural harmonic overtone series and its connection to rhythm and cross-rhythmic patterns. A performance of Mallet Phase by Steve Reich using instruments tuned in just intonation.

MAKING SOUND VISIBLE: PATTERNS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF PHYSICS AND MUSIC
Lecture by Stephen Morris, J. Tuzo Wilson Professor of Geophysics at UofT’s Department of Physics

In 1786, Ernst Chladni invented a method of visualizing the vibration of plates by sprinkling powder on them that led to several advances in both mathematics and acoustics. This talk will discuss the physics and aesthetics of the linear and nonlinear patterns that appear in materials excited into vibration.

Day 2: Thu Dec 1
12 - 2 pm | Walter Hall

DRUMMING, PART I – by Steve Reich.
Performed by Nexus.

BIRTH OF TIME – by Russell Hartenberger.
Performed by Nexus and vocalists Kathy Armstrong, Christine Duncan and Suba Sankaran.

THE USE OF RHYTHMIC PATTERNS IN WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING AND THE MUSIC OF STEVE REICH
Lecture/demonstration with Russell Hartenberger and Kathy Armstrong.

3 - 4 pm | Room 130

INSTRUMENTAL INGREDIENTS
Lecture/demonstration with Garry Kvistad on his quest to discover the sound of the scales of ancient musicians. Excerpts of contemporary works of established composers will be played on instruments using centuries-old tuning systems. Mallet Phase by Steve Reich will be performed using instruments tuned in just intonation.

4-5 pm | Room 130

EMERGENT RHYTHMS IN TIME AND SPACE: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF PATTERN FORMATION
Lecture with Stephen Morris on how the spontaneous emergence of order is a ubiquitous feature of natural processes. Rhythmic patterns self-organize out of apparently formless driving forces. We intuitively appreciate the syncopated regularity of patterns, which form the basis of much art and music. This lecture presents a selection of studies of such patterns, both from nature and in controlled experiments.

Day 3: Fri Dec 2 | 5 pm | Walter Hall

MOONDOG SUITE – by Louis T. Hardin, aka Moondog, arr. by Russell Hartenberger.

BIRTH OF TIME – by Russell Hartenberger.
Performed by Nexus and vocalists Kathy Armstrong, Christine Duncan and Suba Sankaran.

QUARTET – Canadian premiere by Steve Reich. Performed by Midori Koga and Gregory Oh on pianos and Bob Becker and Russell Hartenberger on vibraphones.

These events are free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute at 416 946-0313.


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