Listen to Three Hours of Music, From a Single Note


Mr. Lee said in an interview that in an early part of the work, “Establishing,” the piano’s middle D gave him “these two particular overtones that just dance back and forth,” creating “a wonderful little melody above the single strike of a note.” During the section’s higher D notes, Mr. Gibson’s electronic filters respond with a chirping realization of the overtones, evoking a maniacally picked string instrument.

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R. Andrew Lee performing the world premiere of Mr. Gibson’s work in Boulder, Colo., in 2014.

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Randy Gibson

Nearly midway through the work’s penultimate section — the hourlong “Roaring” — Mr. Lee’s journey to a low D results in one of the piano’s most dramatic interactions with the electronic setup. With Mr. Gibson’s laptop…



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