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Quantum Jazz Stephen Gislason

I've ben interested in astronomy, particle physics and quantum mechanics since my teens. I have visualized particles with spin, color, charm and high velocities in the microcosm of atoms bursting and suns exploding and colliding. I wanted to create sound images of the macrocosm and microcosm that became Quantum Jazz. The music is eccentric using both familiar melodic and harmonic techniques combined with novel sounds and odd progressions. The world I am imagining is more staccato than legato.

Miles Davis described his emerging musical theory: "No chords gives you more freedom and space to hear things. When you go this way, you can go on forever. You don't have to worry about changes. It becomes a challenge to see how melodically innovative you can be. When you're based on chords, you know at the end of 32 bars that the chords have run out and there's nothing to do but repeat what you've just done—with variations. I think a movement in jazz is beginning away from the conventional string of chords... there will be fewer chords but infinite possibilities as to what to do with them."

In my experiments with Quantum Jazz, the chord progressions, the standard sequences of song structure, and jazz performance often yielded to progressive episodes, surprises and spaces. I am the first to admit that this is eccentric music intended to be interesting, possibly exciting that might find its way into science fiction movies.

Compositions and performance by Stephen Gislason

Star Hopping



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