Hockets for Two Voices

A series of seven hockets for two performers. EP to be released in 2019. 

The practice of hocketing is defined by splitting a melody across multiple parts, in often very surprising ways. While the form dates back as far as the middle ages, it is also found in music from all over the world.

Each piece explores a variety of conditions under which one might involuntarily fuse sequences of notes into melodic patterns, despite differing sound sources. In the entire series of seven hockets there are never more than two notes occurring at one time, although there may often be the perception that there are many more. In the field of music cognition this is also referred to as Pseudopolyphony, or melodic fission. This concept was brought to my attention through Albert Bregman’s writing and work on Auditory Scene Analysis.

Early versions of these compositions were commissioned by artist Tauba Auerbach for a performance and installation at the Kitchen NYC in 2016. Alternative scores were created to highlight the perceptual patterns in the pieces, in an edition of two accordian style books.

Excerpts from Alternative Scores - Hockets for Two Voices