On the Production of True Consonance (2016)

On the Production of True Consonance (2016) is an 8-channel sound installation for automated monochord, loudspeakers and MaxMSP. Six tiny loudspeakers are suspended in a hexagonal formation above an elm wood monochord. The work is based on a letter from the sixteenth-century mathematician, Giovanni Battista Benedetti to the composer, Cipriano de Rore, in which Benedetti demonstrates a phenomenon of pitch drift in choral singing. [Click here for further explanation of Benedetti’s letter and extended programme notes on the installation.]

On the Production of True Consonance was first shown on 23 April 2016, as part of a group concert-event in Cambridge, England, which also featured work by Richard Hoadley, Tom Hall and Fredrik Olofsson.