TEN THOUSAND TIMES

TEN THOUSAND

FOR THREE OR MORE PERCUSSIONISTS

As I looked, thrones were placed,

and the Ancient of Days took his seat;

his clothing was white as snow,

and the hair of his head like pure wool;

his throne was fiery flames;

its wheels were burning fire.

A stream of fire issued

and came out from before him;

a thousand thousands served him,

and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;

the court sat in judgment,

and the books were opened.

– Daniel 7:9-10

Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand is a movement from The Blind Discuss Color, a collection of

compositions for spatialized percussion ensemble that incorporates an array of resonating

metals, harmonicas, melodicas, oscillators, woodblocks, vibrators, and various other instruments

and implements. This movement focuses primarily on orchestral triangles, colliding with sine

wave oscillators to create shimmering colors of overtones and difference tones in a dimensional

chorus, along with the melodic element of “energy chimes” (small cylindrical tuned metal bars,

sometimes used in music therapy).

Each triangle is struck with light, heavy, and rubber-covered beaters, in addition to "angel" tuning

forks that produce very high frequencies (≈4000-4200 Hz). “Bullet”-style vibrators (small, plastic

sex toy vibrators) and string instrument bows are also utilized to stimulate triangle resonance

without a discernable attack.

Movements of The Blind Discuss Color are composed in such a way that a conductor or click

track are not required, or even the necessity for musicians to see each other; instead, they are able

to follow each other via aural cues. This allows performers to be arranged throughout the

performance space and in some cases in near-dark, creating a sonic sculpture that envelops the

audience.