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By coincidence this piece was completed on the twentieth anniversary
of the first successful landing of a craft from Earth on the planet
Mars on July 20, 1976. For many people, the Viking missions affirmed
a sense that humankind was about to commence an extraordinarily significant
period of historical development.
TECHNICAL NOTESThis piece was composed in the Studio for Contemporary Music at Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York. A Kurzweil K2000RS was used for the control and playback of sampled sounds. Other sounds were digitally synthesized by Yamaha TX802 tone modules. A Macintosh Centris 650 was at the center of the studio setup. Software used in the design and control of the sounds in this piece include Digidesign's Sound Designer and Turbosynth, Arboretum's Hyperprism, Passport's Alchemy, Tom Erbe's SoundHack, and Opcode's Studio Vision Pro and Galaxy Plus Editors. Mixing was done on a Yamaha DMP9-16, with external processing by a Lexicon PCM-70. Some overdubbing was accomplished with an Alesis ADAT. The mix down deck for the piece was a Panasonic SV3700 DAT recorder.
The form of Ares Vallis is based on sonata principles, with formal proportions based on a Fibonacci number series. For the most part, just tuning is employed.
Biographical information about the composer can be found here.
Ares Vallis is published by the Continental Music Press.
copyright 1996 Samuel Pellman. All Rights Reserved.
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