Composer: Jordan Tani
Composition date: 2014
License: (c)2014 Jordan Tani.?Creative Commons Share Alike.
If altering this composition, please be sure to contact composer. He’d really love to see what you do with this! (Contact info on PDF Score.)


From composer Jordan Tani…

During my final quarter in music theory, Professor Lei Liang of UCSD gave us a final project/assignment where he tasked us with creating a composition in the style of one of the many 20th century composers we had analyzed over the term. There was no limitation on what instruments be used, or in what manner for that fact — as long as we embodied the spirit of the composer through our own creative processes. I had always wanted to attempt to compose a piece for taiko involving sheet music or some sort of notation as well as combine two uniquely different musical cultures: a contemporary classical/avant-garde style with kumidaiko.

The two composers that I chose to embody were Steve Reich, and Edgard Varese, taking unique musical ideas from both of them into the two distinct sections of the piece. These concepts would involve Reich’s study in musical phase and Varese’s exploration of the timbral qualities of instruments in order to create sounds not normally associated with the particular instrument along with the Varese’s use of electronic music within his works.

Aeration itself is inspired by the concept of boiling water, a narrative that begins with the turning on of a stove, exerting a force on the still water, bubbling slowly and sporadically until it eventually comes to a more even and rhythmic rolling boil. The electronic part within the piece is a recorded shime track that the performer(s) must play in time with, creating the effect as if there are more taiko players on stage than there really are. Aeration was originally intended to be a solo work for taiko, specifically Shime or possibly Okedo.

Composer’s Note: I plan on expanding?Aeration into a kumidaiko version if groups would be interested in performing it — please contact me! Additionally, This piece uses standard western notation and graphical notation that I have devised myself and also plan to continue developing further.


Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

Notation PDF: Aeration-SCORE-Tani2014

Audio Track, Ensemble: Aeration Mus102 2014 Jordan Tani (Taiko and electronics)

Audio Track, Electronic Part Only:

NOTE: The file “Aeration-ELECTRONIC PART-Tani2014.mp3” has a long “ma” space at the beginning. See file “Aeration-SCORE-Tani2014.pdf” for details on how the live and recorded parts fit together.


Stay tuned…

See Also

For more insights on avant garde classical music and?Jordan Tani’s inspirations:

Edgard Varese

Steve Reich:
Clapping Music:
Music for 18 musicians:
Percussion piece:

Iannis Xenakis:
Metastasis (for graphical scores):

Helmut Lachenmann
Guero (graphical score inspiration):

Lei Liang


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