Two Cities

This piece was written in response to the Disquiet Junto Project 0290: Text-to-Beat.

  • Find a good text-to-speech system that you think you can work with musically.
  • Experiment with different combinations of words to produce a rhythm you want to work with.
  • Record the rhythm you developed.
  • Produce a track using the rhythm as the foundation.

Instead of trying to find a rhythm that I liked, I decided to select the words and work with what came to me. My favorite opening sentence in a novel is from the Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The sentence is much too long to establish a rhythm so I just used the part everyone knows, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.

However, this results in a rhythm that is much too boring and predictable for this exercise, so I had the words converted to Japanese and pronounced through a text-to-speech program. The result was considerably more complicated and challenging, but offered something considerably more fun to work with.

Two Cities is written for saxophone quartet.

Two Cities
Two Cities Score

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