Solve et coagula for 11 instruments and live electronics
Solve et Coagula is a composition for eleven instruments, scored in six movements. This composition is the culmination of the composer’s process of integrating live performers with live, algorithmically-generated electronic playback and digital signal processing of acoustic instruments using the Supercollider audio programming language. Furthermore, the composition also breaks down and restructures musical elements from several of the composer’s previous works from their time at the University of Texas. This documents will detail the conception of Solve et Coagula, provide a detailed musical analysis of the piece, outline the musical elements in Solve et Coagula that are taken from previous compositions, explain the composer’s use of the Supercollider programming language for digital signal processing and algorithmically generated audio, and examine the role of composition as a tool for self-reflection.