Gyres. Bunce, Guy (Photographer). 2010. Enigma Publishing.

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

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Abstract

Electric Guitar (with effects)
Bass Guitar (with effects)
Percussion (5 objects)
Computer

c15'

'Gyre' is the name given by WB Yates to a geometric shape that represents his philosophical conception of history and time. Yates alludes to this shape in his poem The Second Coming:

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...."

In his imagery, Yates also employs a pun on this word, which when spelt Geier, is the old German word for Vultures.

In 'Gyres' each instrumental part consists of a loop of material which increases in density and definition with each repetition (spiral form). At the half way point the process is then reversed as each part spirals back by loosing definition and decreasing in density. The overall performance of the piece will vary each time because each instrument performs independently of the other with independent tempo and loop length. The sampler part acts as a free-moving core providing stability and a sound world uniting the other parts.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEnigma Publishing
Media of outputCD
Size15 mins
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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