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.