[NetBehaviour] Guqin Universes and Updated Autobiography

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Feb 11 00:29:51 CET 2016

Guqin Universes and Updated Autobiography


perhaps the most successful of the inverted dynamics pieces;
qqq is the final result, qq is the original. i recorded this
last night, couldn't sleep, six in the morning, took a lot of
sleeping pills and trazodone, checked the tuning of the 1980s
qin, played what might be my best piece in any case. so this
is the body and qin, the 'scratchy' sound is actually audible
in both version, part and parcel of the music and its making.
i've been thinking (admittedly ignorantly) of the relationship
between category theory and 'older' mathematical foundations,
in relation to sound modifications like echo, filters, on one
hand, and revrev/inverted dynamics on the other; the latter
brings otherings into the foreground (temporality and body for
example), while the former remains within the traditional
embeddings of the subject (player, listener). ...

updated autobiography; i've been working on this at least
since 1996; do have a read, if you have the time.

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