is a name I’ve adopted for a method of coordinating
multidirectional associations among melodies &
terms of compositional design, a transparency
approach could be applied like this. A contrasting
countermelody is superimposed upon a single initial
line. Then, a 3rd melody might be organized in
relation to the 2nd, but without a direct association
with the first; & this can be continued on
to a 4th, a 5th, etc.. Each line may carry distinctly
different tonal & rhythmic connotations.
A key coordinating device among the intersecting
lines is occasions of melodic & rhythmic unison.
These function not only as common points of interconnection,
but as crossroads or quantum occasions from which
a multiplicity of developments are able to diverge..
What this can offer an improviser, as well as
an improvising ensemble, is an expanded palette
of coherently interconnected but potentially radically
Parts of 2 compositions that use transparencies
will be available to work with: Permeations Gumvindaboloo
& Circumspect. Charts will be available to
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