James TenneyJames Tenney
is an Americann composer
and influential music
theorist. He studied information theory
under Lejaren Hiller
, and composed stochastic
music before turning almost completely to writing for instruments with the occasional tape delay
, often using just intonation
and alternative tunings. All his work deals simply and artfully with perception (For Ann (rising)
), just intonation
), stochastic elements (Music for Player Piano
), information theory
), and with what he calls swell (Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion (for John Bergamo)
), which is basically arch form
. His pieces are most often tributes and subtitled as such.
Tenney is the author of the in depth liner notes to Wergo's edition of Conlon Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano (Nancarrow, as a favor, punched the roll for Tenney's Spectral Canon for Conlon Nancarrow), the seminal Meta (+) Hodos (one of, if not the, earliest applications of gestalt theory and cognitive science to music), the later Hierarchical temporal gestalt perception in music : a metric space model with Larry Polansky, and other works. He currently teaches at the California Institute of Arts.
- Garland, Peter (Ed.) (1984). Soundings Vol. 13: The Music of James Tenney. Santa Fe, N.M. : Soundings Press.
- Tenney, James (1988) (Meta-Hodos and Meta Meta-Hodos: A Phenomenology of 20th Century Musical Materials and an Approach to the Study of Form. Santa Fe, N.M.: Frog Peak Music. ISBN 0945996004.