for n in reversed(range(1,4)):
For Loop or 80’s Nostalgia
In the 1980’s pattern music or minimalism & post-minimalism were popular styles while I was in school. John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine was a big hit among my peers. for Loop was originally intended to be a “tip of the cap” to that time in my life. While writing this composition it started to sound a like a machine or a computer working. Probably a subconscious nod to my college composition professor Dr. Cindy McTee who wrote a composition called Circuits. After I completed the first draft I noticed a pattern that keep appearing, play 3 – reset 3, play 2 – reset 2, play 1 – reset 1. This pattern made me think of a simple for loop in computer programing. This is how I came up with the title
for n in reversed(range(1,4)): play(n) pause(n) which is a for loop that would generate this pattern and really emphasizes how the piece sounds like a computer working. On May 9th 2015 the SFCCO premièred this composition.