Garden of Madness
for percussion ensemble
Garden of Madness represents the result of an organic approach to composition in which I abandoned any consideration of musical parameters like form, meter, harmony, and melody, and first focused completely on rhythm and rhythmic motifs. The piece then flowed from my brain to the page, first without any indication of meter or bars, just the rhythms as they existed. Once the piece was finished, I went back and assigned metrical structure where it made the most sense. The result is a rhythmically complex piece that purposefully phases in and out of pulse, obscuring any sense of beat while still maintaining a driving groove. Version also available with cello or marimba instead of bass.