Dolores CatherinoAnchorage, AK
Dolores Catherino is a polychromatic composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her avant-garde compositions use sonic ‘pitch-palettes’ of 106 and 72 EDO (equal divisions of the octave) and are performed on visionary 21st century keyboard instruments.
As a musician, she is focused on exploring new musical possibilities within a polychromatic system which simplifies and unifies our rapidly multiplying microtonal pitch-scale methods of notation. In distinction to Spectral systems which are focused on aspects of tone color (timbre), Polychromatic concepts are focused on ‘pitch-color’ and ‘interval-color’ and are also intended to simplify the exploration of aesthetic and scientific possibilities in the practice of associative synesthetic awareness: learned associations and conceptual/perceptual integration of audible pitch with visual color. With an undergraduate study in music and graduate study in medicine, she hopes to explore and develop integrated perspectives between the sound arts and sciences.
She presented a TEDx Sacramento talk and performance on Polychromatic Music in 2016. In 2018, she was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship in Music Composition.
PolyChromatic Music: https://www.polychromaticmusic.com
N⩞SCENT – PolyChromatic
nAscent – coming into being. The birth of extraordinary potentiality and hope within difficult times.
Crisis seems to be the catalyst to profound change and progress. A crisis-evolution cycle repeats throughout human experience. In difficult times, greatness emerges – compassion in the midst of hostility; awareness in the midst of deception; striving in the midst of apathy; hope in the midst of despair.
‘temporal parallax’ polychromatic composition
‘Temporal Parallax’ … expanding expressive dimensions in auditory spacetime.
TEMPORAL in the sense of auditory phenomena and perception.
PARALLAX – a difference in aural ‘appearance’ depending on the observer’s perceptual position (perspective shift).
Metaphorically, listen for a 3-D to 2-D aural ‘collapse’ and distinct dimensional contrast between final resolving chords.
What is polychromatic music?
An introduction to polychromaticism as a new musical language, and an introductory comparison of 21st century electronic instruments (multidimensional polyphonic controllers) including the Tonal Plexus, Roli Seaboard, Continuum Fingerboard, and Microzone U-648, from a microtonal perspective.
The experience and practice of polychromatic music brings to auditory awareness new harmonic interactions and multidimensional spatial effects. Additionally, the increasing auditory perceptual discrimination developed in the practice may lead...
I needed to find an intuitive and efficient way to work with 106 notes per octave. The immensity of new musical possibilities can seem overwhelming.
Isolated methods of music practice are rapidly multiplying without a framework of integration and orientation for musicians and listeners to grasp. The polychromatic system is one framework of integration for...