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Mermikides, MJ (2014) Limnos [Composition]

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Work for Classical Guitar and Live Electronics. Λήμνος (Lemnos in common translation) is an island in the northern Aegean sea, which was famed for its decorative ribbons, and so lends it name to the lemniscate, the infinity symbol (see the front of the programme). Limnos employs ‘just intonation’ in that each string is in a rational frequency relationship with every other (from the lowest string up: 1/1 5/4 15/8 /2 3/1 4/1). In this way chords ring with a harmonic ‘purity’, but with the added property that different ‘dimensions’ of tuning exist along each string. For example two types of B are heard in the opening motif where the 2nd string ‘B’ is around 14 cents (≈7th of a semitone) sharper than the ‘B’ on the 3rd string. The concept of infinity is also echoed in the structure of the work, as well as the electronics which process sound in time units based on the open string relationships.

Item Type: Composition
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
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Date : 29 April 2014
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:32
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 10:41

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