On Junitaki Falls

trio for solo instrument and two A.I. performers

Craig Vear

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trio for solo instrument and two A.I. performers

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Composer Craig Vear

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On Junitaki Falls is a composition for live instrument and two artificial intelligent performers controlled by a central computer system that also operates as the score. Although Junitaki Falls exists as a geological feature in Japan, the reference to it as the title of this piece is inspired by Haruki Murakami’s book ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’. In this book a smaller story exists within the larger novel, with its presence felt throughout the book. In the piece, a smaller song exists within the larger composition, and like the novel it alters the whole music through its constant presence, even if we never hear it as itself. This smaller song exists as fragments of manuscript from Roger Jannotta’s transcription of Eric Dolphy’s bass clarinet solo of God Bless the Child composed by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939. Already this is the start of a complex matryoshka (‘Russian’) doll of layered interpretation. Add to this the process each individual performer of this work must complete in order to grow their score: months of feeding the AI system with progressively abstract layers of interpretation. The end result is much like the cascading mini falls that make up the whole of Junitaki’s geological feature.

NOTE: These scores are based in software. Although they share many similar properties to that of paper based/traditional scoring methods, they also benefit from the usability and functionality of dynamic software environments. The visual information will be familiar to the musician and welcomed by a curious spirit of adventure. Above all, these scores are responsive, evolving as the performance progresses – giving the feeling of being alive – and should be considered as co-operative creative partners.

Please click on the score above for a full description of the concept of the work, as well as technical and performance instructions (including full instrumentation).

As sold by Composers Edition this product includes all the files necessary to perform the work including the software files and media samples. Due to the size of these files these will be delivered via online transfer. To receive your files please email [email protected] stating the operating system on which you wish to run the files: MacOS/Windows.