The Memory Toy

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


The Memory Toy explores the tension between defined formal structure and unpremeditated, freely improvised content. The opening improvisation, meeting a pre-defined structural requirement and certain invitations but otherwise free, is recorded in the computer. In the middle section, players are asked to recall materials from their improvisation, but transforming them as if to sound like the (about-to-be-heard) electronics. In the extended closing section, the computer recapitulates the opening; but the timescale is changed, first accelerating then hugely slowing down. The players are asked to listen for, recognise, and respond to materials each had played earlier.
Translated title of the contributionThe Memory Toy
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

Medium: mixed ensemble of 5-20 players and computer
Duration: 6-9 minutes
Other: A gift for COMA SW (Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs, South West of England) on the occasion of my appointment as their Music Director


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