Monday, 27 July 2009

pattern.time.memory as shown in performance

Here's the finished version of pattern.time.memory, it seemed to go down well at the first performance and I had lots of nice comments from the audience. It is, of course, best viewed projected 4 metres by 3 metres or larger.

pattern.time.memory from Roger Harmar on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009


On Thursday this week (23th July) I shall be debuting my new piece pattern.time.memory at the Friends Meeting house in Ship Street Brighton. The concert is for New Music Brighton and starts at 8pm.It costs £8 or £5 for members and consessions. None of the money goes to the composers alas :-), all of it goes to the hire of the venue and payment of the musicians. This time it's a flute and piano and some electro-acoustic music (classical music's term for electronics). The programme is as follows:

Terence Allbright | Partita opus 19 flute & piano
Phil Baker | Study for Piano – Roulette Boogie
Gregers Brinch | Anforta’s Dream
Jessica Curry | Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object
Joanna Flackfield | Seaside Revels
Peter Owen | Chaconne
Peter Copley | Secret Sonata for Flute & Piano (1986)
Jonathan Clark | Prelude and Fugue for Flute & Piano
Ric Graebner | Resurge (Roger Pinnington images, Argyros Ioannis – text)
Roger Harmar | ±.pattern.time.memory.

Anne Hodgson (flute)
Adam Swayne (piano)
electro-acoustic works with images
Andrew Branch (speaker)

My piece lasts for about ten minutes and here's the brief programme note

±.pattern.time.memory continues my fascination with long rhythmic cycles. This piece develops in cycles of 60 beats which gives a simple mathematical and musical foundation for its polyrhythms. Its polyrhythmic nature is most obvious in the final part, memory. Melodically the piece uses an artificial 7 note scale and has been unconsciously influenced by half-remembered music of the early 20th century. The video images contain archive footage, vj loops and patterns inspired by the music and has special guest appearances by Erik Satie and Francis Picabia.

Here are some stills from the video. Come along if you can.