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I structured Hendrix Haze in a very classical European fashion: a set of variations on the opening guitar riff of Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. The overall form of the piece is close to a traditional suite consisting of eight different sections played uninterruptedly.
Two types of variation were developed:
a) pulse variations
b) timbre variations
The pulse variations were primarily composed and produced with a Fairlight computer music instrument at the Electroacoustic Music Studio of the City University, London. The timbre variations were composed and synthesized at the Electronic Music Studio in Stockholm. At E.M.S. I used a bank of sixteen digital oscillators and twenty four analogue oscillators controlled in real time by a PDP 15 computer.
Hendrix Haze is concerned with the exploration of rhythmic processes that are not characteristic of European music. I wanted to create music with unpredictable repetitions, with rapidly changing pulses and expectations. I wanted to provide more than one context or point of reference. I imagine that Hendrix Haze may, perhaps, belong in more than one culture.