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Conversations avec Tom Johnson [Français-French] PDF Print E-mail

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Conversations avec Tom Johnson, book of interviews by Bernard Girard.

In French, published by Éditions Aedam Musicae

Excerpt of an email by Tom Johnson (April, 2011)

Meanwhile the book of interviews with Bernard Girard is advancing, and I am
even learning some things as we do it. He asked me about the influence of
experimental theater in New York in 1969, and I said yes, that the Lecture
with Repetition came from that, but later I realized that I must add the
unaccompanied aria of the Four Note Opera, Failing, maybe others(?). In
these cases it's not just theater, it's reality we're seeing and hearing. I
don't think I was ever quite conscious of that aspect of my work.

Read a review of the book by Laurent Bergnach in Anaclase

 

 
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Articles and lectures written by Tom Johnson

20 Years of Collaboration with Martin Riches (English)

Automatic music (English)

Explaining my Music:Keywords (English) 

Found Mathematical Objects (English)

I want to find the music (English) 

Ives reflections (English) 

Minimalism in music (English) 

Mon Maître, Morton Feldman (English) 

Music and Combinations (English)

Music Metaphysics (English)

Musical Questions for Mathematicians (English) 

On form (English) 

Über form (Deutsch)

Perfect Rhythmic Tilings (English)

Definición de minimalismo (Español)

Self-Replicating Loops (English)

Three Feldman Articles by Tom Johnson (English)

Tiling the line in theory (English)

Une soirée d’accidents (French)

 
FREE CD "Seven Pieces of Tilework" PDF Print E-mail

When I prepared the Seven Pieces of Tilework  with the sound engineer Daniel Deshays, we thought it would be a CD, but now that the CD market has all but disappeared, it seems best just to place this music on the web site, where it can be heard by everyone without payment. In classical music, composers and performers never earned very much money from record sales anyway. The records were made mostly just to promote the ideas, and to stimulate the real profits generated by real musical experiences – live performances, and this continues to be the case. Our hope is that some performers will want to order the scores, that some broadcasters and concert producers will want to present them, and most of all, that listeners of all types will learn to appreciate music constructed as “tilework.” 

“Tilework” has to do with fitting together little tiles so as to fill lines and loops. One can think of this as making mosaics in one dimension, but it is also very much like stringing beads onto necklaces in various patterns. In musical terms, the Tilework series is a collection of compositions in which individual rhythms fit together into musical sequences without simultaneities, so that a single melodic instrument can play two or more voices at once. I gradually found so many ways of doing this that I ended up with a piece for each instrument of the orchestra. The year of 2002 was devoted almost exclusively to such pieces, published early in 2003. I am still waiting to hear good performances of Tilework for Oboe, Tilework for Horn, Tilework for Trumpet and some of the others, but by now excellent interpreters have made excellent recordings, and they all benefit by coming together.

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  


Tilework for Flute, played by Michael Schmid  

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Tilework for Clarinet, played by Cristo Barrios 

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Tilework for Saxophone, played by Laurent Estoppey 

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Tilework for Tuba, played by Arnaud Boukhitine 

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Tilework for Percussion, played by Adam Weisman 

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Tilework for Piano, played by John McAlpine 

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Tilework for Double Bass, played by Jean-Daniel Hégé 

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Tilework for Flute [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail

Nothing I can say here will clarify the tilework idea more vividly than this piece, where one hears how four simple tiles can criss-cross in so many ways. Michael Schmid is the flutist with Ensemble Ictus in Brussels, and he developed his impressive almost memorized performance of Tilework for Flute in a series of Ictus concerts. It seemed like a fine idea to include a good recording of this piece, with me reading the texts, so when Schmid came to Paris in November 2008, we made a date with Daniel Deshays in Châtillon to make this studio recording.

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  

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Tilework for Saxophone [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail

In January 2006 the ensemble Compagnie CH.AU, invited me to Vevey, Switzerland, to hear an all-Johnson concert they were playing. All the musicians were fine, but the interpretation of Tilework for Saxophone, played by the ensemble’s director, Laurent Estoppey, was extraordinary. How could he play one tile so softly and others so loudly all at the same time? I told him I felt his interpretation would make a wonderful addition to a tilework collection, so he made this recording in a Lausanne studio called Audio Link.

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  

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