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Synced/UnSynced was composed for the Beta Percussion International Institute ONLINE for participants and faculty to play and record together as a group project. The question is, how do we play together while not being physically together?

Synced uses the obvious solution of playing with a click track.

UnSynced’s solution is music that does not need to line up in a specific way.

Both pieces are free instrumentation for any number of performers.

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Synced (free instrumentation) – PDF
Unsynced (for any number of tuned instruments and/or voices) – PDF
Synced (click track) – MP3
Synced (Beta 2020 Version) – PDF

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Synced/UnSynced was composed for the Beta Percussion International Institute ONLINE for participants and faculty to play and record together as a group project. The question is, how do we play together while not being physically together?

As the titles allude, Synced uses the obvious solution of playing with a click track.

-The instrumentation is left open.
-There are 7 parts in total, 5 of which are optional. No minimum # of players required, as long as Parts 1&2 are covered. If more than 6 players (or 7 with drumset), players may also ad-lib or double any of the parts
-Octave transpositions and doublings are allowed for all parts
-Part 1, notes in brackets are optional.
-Part 3-6 can be played on unpitched instruments
-Performers are encouraged to think creatively and arrange the parts how they see fit for their ensemble.

*Version for Beta2020 is included for reference

Solution for UnSynced is music that does not need to line up in a specific way. Instrumentation is free, and all players play from the same part. The goal is to create a sound texture with unsynchronized realizations of the same part. Part of the creativity is in how the ensemble, or editor, choose to ‘align’ the players. Any number of ways to align can work. For example, all players can choose to start together, or arrive at the measure 39 climax at around the same time, or end together, etc.

* Further playing instructions are provided on the score.

Beta Percussion International Institute 2020 performances:
Synced: https://youtu.be/WyKhetMOiNw
UnSynced: https://youtu.be/OETGvHDshY4

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