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Zipf! (2017)

by Francesc Llompart Pons


available at: discordianrecords.bandcamp.com/album/insect-politics

2017, Fixed electroacoustics (2ch.), ensemble, improvisation

Zipf! was conceived as a piece for ensemble of improvisers and soprano (written especially for Ilona Schneider and the Discordian Community Ensemble) and it was later reworked in its definitive electroacoustic form. The text consists of a list of English words arranged according to the frequency in which they are used in the language (written and spoken, according to the information of the American National Corpus). Musical phrasing is used to provide a misleading feeling that the text has some meaning. The title refers to Zipf's law, which establishes a formula that describes the distribution of the frequency of occurrence of a set of words. The electronic part is subtle, creating a dispersed fog, more discreet in the beginning and then more and more evident, which amalgamates and serves as a resonance to the different instrumental and structural sections.

Zipf! was premiered in it's original form on February 21, 2017, at festival Impro Fest, in Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona, by the Discordian Community Ensemble



released October 20, 2020



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