Larry Polansky

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At one time the director of the Center for Contemporary Music at the Mills College in California and the founder of the avantgarde composers collective Frog Peak Music, guitarist Larry Polansky (1954) was at the forefront of avantgarde music of the post-minimalist generation.

The Theory of Impossible Melody (Artifact, 1989) collects computer music created using the HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language), notably B'rey'sheet - Cantillation Study #1 (1986), Simple Actions/ Rules Of Compossibility (1986) for live interactive computer and voice, and Psaltery (1979) for 100 tracks of Appalachian hand-held bowed psaltery.

There are three cantillation studies: Cantillation Study #1, B'rey'sheet (In the Beginning) (1986) for voice and voice-controlled live computer; Cantillation Study #2, v'Leem'Shol (... and to rule ...) (1984) for flute and computer; and Cantillation Study #3, E'leh Tol'd'ot (these are the generations) (1986) for four marimbas or four marimbas and computer commentary.

Simple Harmonic Motion (Artifact, 1994) contains the 24-minute Another You for harp, the 12-minute Movement For Lou Harrison for bass and the 18-minute Horn for French horn and computer.

Polansky's tour de force Lonesome Road (The Crawford Variations) (New World, 2001 ) consists of 51 variations on the folk song Lonesome Road.

Four-Voice Canons (2002) collects 16 of Polansky's surgical precision canons composed between 1978 and 2002.

The World's Longest Melody (2010) collect compositions that span a long period of time (from the 1970s to the 2000s) with no particular rationale.

New Hampshire neighbors Larry Polansky and Christian Wolff (a contemporary of John Cage and Morton Feldman) enjoy improvising together, as documented on the free-form improvisations of Trios (Pogus, 2004) and Trio (Henceforth, 2012), the latter featuring Chinese-born pianist Kui Dong.

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