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The permanent project which I call Musica Coniuncta originated some thirty years ago by serendipity. I had recorded two pieces in mono from the radio at different times. In order to save tape, the pieces were recorded on the adjacent tracks at the beginning of the tape in a two-track recorder. Only at some later time I realized two things. First, the pieces had the same duration. Second, and more important, they sounded incredibly well fused when played together.
The latter discovery was so startling that I refrained from doing anything about it, as if I had on hand a secret gift that needed not to be revealed. Much later, after I timidly tried intentional operations of the kind, and saw that they could work, I decide to make a serious project of it.

Results of this activity are included in some of the YANTRA private recordings having Musica Coniuncta as a subtitle. The accidental combination that started it all sits in the first track of the CD “Occasional Partners”. The two pieces are “Lontano” by Ligeti and “Stop” by Stockhausen. The gamelan and gamelan music play an important role in the project, as they are present in the majority of the “coniunctiones”. Purists should stay clear of this area. Others might be surprised by the results and even enjoy most or some of them. I discovered that Peter Szendy in his book “Ecoute - Une histoire de nos oreilles” has a few arguments that support or at least explain an activity such as Musica Coniuncta.

A few words about technique and choice of pieces. After the first unintentional chance operation,which was a complete overlap for the entire duration of the pieces, the
coupling needed to become flexible, often using only portions of music, an moving them so as to fit better with each other.

Occasional pitch adjustments are necessary, although I tend to avoid them. The pieces are usually chosen among the musics that I love best, searching more often contrast than similarity. Sometimes respectful irony is the motive.

The following are titles of private Musica Coniuncta CDs, with some greater detail provided in the YANTRA PRODUCTIONS page:

- Occasional Partners (14 tracks)
- The Java Connection (10 tracks)
- Mostly Mild Trances (14 tracks)
- Ancient Gamelan Primeval Voices (15 tracks)
- Hamza in Java (one 14-minute piece with Hamza el Din’s    Escalay and live overdubs by Surakarta musicians)
- 9 Hours in 9 Minutes (a Feldman’s résumé)


Gamelan sounds and gamelan music play an important role in most of the undertakings around this project. To listen to pieces of Musica Coniuncta visit www.gamelan.cc