Tangents (2021) 15′
For Partch instruments: mezzo-soprano, adapted viola, chromelodeon, diamond marimba, adapted guitar III & harmonic canon
premier: Ensemble Scordatura
21 August 2021
commission: ensemble Scordatura
A composition by Merijn Bisschops for Partch instruments. Tangents is reminiscent of last century 60s/70s underground music. At that time a great deal of avant-garde bands were able to make some truly remarkable music, without having perfect tonal tuning as their primary concern. Through its ritualistic repetition, elusive structure and a somewhat sultry microtonality, Tangents is an ensorcelling piece of music.