Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Great Treatise

Fresh from NO PRESS, Canada; here's a new project entitled The Great Treatise.

Inspiring intellectuals, literary and cultural figures in the West for decades, The I-Ching, also known as The Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination manual mostly consisting of cryptic statements linked to 64 hexagrams as guidelines for life. Heavily influenced by this system, composer John Cage used it to introduce indeterminacy in music.

The Great Treatise is a text-to-score translation of one page of The I-Ching, leaving out the divinity and treating the text and the letters as a notational possibility.

A 9 pages version of this piece is to be exhibited at The Bury Art Museum for the TEXTfestschrift beginning of August.

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