Garden of Tones

for a set of three gendèr barung,

two sets of arbitrarily tuned suling

and gong ageng


Garden of Tones (2018)

Garden of Tones was comissioned by Indexical (Santa Cruz, CA) in partnership with Insitu Recordings (Bali/North America). The composition uses a set of three gendèr barung (keyed metallophones), two sets of arbitrarily tuned suling (bamboo flutes), and gong ageng (large gong) to achieve a variety of microtonal intervallic combinations. Inspired by the concept of a tone garden, I decided to compose a piece in which progressions of timbre, envelope, and density exist within a freely polymodal framework.   

Jay Arms: gong ageng, suling

Marguerite Brown: gendèr, suling

Zach Hejny: gendèr, suling

Jon Myers: gendèr, suling