resource guide 6: James Tenney

books and articles by Tenney:
From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory
Hierarchical temporal gestalt perception in music: a metric space model
Meta-Hodos and Meta Meta-Hodos: A Phenomenology of 20th Century Musical Materials and an Approach to the Study of Form (download)

Soundings 13 / Amazon
Computer Music Experiences
Form in 20th Century Music
A History of Consonance and Dissonance
John Cage and the Theory of Harmony
On “crystal growth” in harmonic space

reference:
CMC Composer Showcase
Facebook page
Plainsound page
UbuWeb page
writings

scores:
chronological listing
Bore Publishing
Canadian Music Centre
Frog Peak
Sonic Art Editions

articles, books, journal issues:
Contemporary Music Review: The Music of James Tenney
The Early Works of James Tenney
An examination of the theories and compositions of James Tenney, 1982-1985
A Few More Words About James Tenney: Dissonant Counterpoint and Statistical Feedback
Metaphors on Vision: James Tenney and Stan Brakhage, 1951-1964
North American Spectralism: The Music of James Tenney
Perspectives of New Music: A Tribute to James Tenney
Rhythmicon Relationships, Farey Sequences, and James Tenney’s Spectral CANON for CONLON Nancarrow

video and audio:
Brakhage

James Tenney as a Compositional Instructor
Oral History of American Music, June 10, 12, 1988
March 1989 interview (excerpt)
Morning Concert: Composer Jim Tenney (January 12, 1976)
movie
Postcards from the Edge (excerpts)

pieces:
Interim (1952/1998)
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Poem (1955)

String Quartet In One Movement (1955)

Variations in A (on a theme by my father) (1955)
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Improvisation (1956)
openbook

Trio (1957)
openbook

Monody (1959)

Collage #1 (“Blue Suede”) (1961)
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Analog #1: (Noise Study) (1961)
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Entrance/Exit Music (with George Brecht and George Maciunas) (1962)
SoundCloud
cassette

Dialogue (1963)
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Ergodos I (1963)

Phases (1963)
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Stochastic String Quartet (1963)

Stochastic Quartet (1963)
YouTube

CHAMBER MUSIC (1964)
openbook

Ergodos II (1964)
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Ergodos II with Instrumental Responses (1964)
SoundCloud

RESPONSE (1964)
SoundCloud

String Complement (1964)
SoundCloud

Music for Player Piano (1964)
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Postal Pieces (Scorecards) (1965-71)
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Scorecard No. 5: Maximusic (1965)
YouTube SoundCloud
CD

2ND THERMOCOUPLE 1965 theater piece (1965)
openbook

Collage #2 (“Viet-Flakes”) (1966)
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Fabric for Ché (1967)
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Scorecard No. 6: Swell Piece (1967)
Vimeo

For Ann (rising) (1969)
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Three Rags for Pianoforte: (“Raggedy Ann”, “Milk and Honey” [Mielle’s Rag], “Tangled Rag”) (1969)

QUIET FAN for ERIK SATIE (1970/71)
cassette

For 12 Strings (rising) (1971)
Vimeo

Hey When I Sing These 4 Songs Hey Look What Happens (1971)
cassette

Scorecard No. 1: Beast (1971)

“For percussion perhaps, or …. ” (1971)
YouTube

Scorecard No. 4: KOAN (1971)
YouTube Vimeo

Scorecard No.7[a]: Swell Piece No. 2 (1971)
YouTube YouTube SoundCloud

Scorecard No.7[b]: Swell Piece No. 3 (1971)
Vimeo

Scorecard No. 9: Cellogram (1971)
YouTube YouTube Vimeo

Scorecard No. 10: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion (1971)
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CLANG (1972)
CD

Quintext I-V: Five Textures (1972)
YouTube
Some Recent THOUGHTS for Morton Feldman,
CLOUDS for Iannis Xenakis,
A Choir of ANGELS for Carl Ruggles,
PARABOLAS and HYPERBOLAS for Edgard Varèse,
SPECTRA for Harry Partch

Homage to Perotin (In the Phyrgian Mode) (1973)
openbook

Chorale for Violin and Piano (1974/98)

Chorales for Orchestra (1974)
CD

Spectral CANON for CONLON Nancarrow (1974)
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THREE PIECES for Drum Quartet: (1974)
WAKE for Charles Ives
YouTube YouTube
HOCKET for Henry Cowell
YouTube
CRYSTAL CANON for Edgard Varèse
YouTube YouTube SoundCloud

Harmonium #1 (1976)
SoundCloud

Harmonium #2 (1977)
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Harmonium #5 (1978)
CD

Saxony (1978)
Three Indigenous Songs (I. No More Good Water (Jaybird Coleman); II. KOSMOS (Walt Whitman); III. Hey when I sing these 4 songs Hey look what happens)
SoundCloud

Chromatic Canon (1980)
Vimeo

Listen…! (1981/84)

Septet (1981/2000)
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deus ex machina (1982)

Bridge (1982-84)
CD

KOAN (for string quartet) (1984)

CHANGES: 64 Studies for 6 Harps (1985)
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Water on the Mountain…Fire in Heaven (1985)

The Road to Ubud (1986/2001)
CD

Critical Band (1988/2000)
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Rune (1988)

Tableaux Vivants (1990)
CD

Pika-Don (“flash-boom”) (1990)
1. Alamogordo
2. Hiroshima

Spectral CANON for CONLON Nancarrow (Extended) (1991)

Three New Seeds (1991)
openbook
CD

Ain’t I a Woman? (1992)
comment

Cognate Canons (1993)

FLOCKING (1993)
YouTube
CD

Form 1 (1993)
SoundCloud

Form 2 (1993)
YouTube

Form 3 (1993)
YouTube

Form 4 (1993)
YouTube

Ergodos III (1994)

In a large, open space (1994)
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Spectrum 1-8 (1995, 2001)

Three Pages in the Shape of a Pear (1995)
SoundCloud

Diapason (1996)

Diaphonic Study (1997)

Diaphonic Toccata (1997)

Diaphonic Trio (1997)

Seegersong #1 (1999)

Seegersong #2 (1999)

Song’n’Dance for Harry Partch (1999)
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Prelude and Toccata (2001)
video excerpts

To Weave (2003)
Vimeo
CD

Essay (After a Sonata) (2003)

Just Another Bagatelle (2004)
Vimeo

Panacousticon (2005)
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Arbor Vitae (2006)
YouTube

(Spectral Variations)


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