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Chaotic Swing

for jazz quartet


"Chaotic Swing" is an exploration of the fusion between jazz and serialism, much like the eclectic composers in 20th-century America who were trying to create a distinctive American musical voice. In this piece, I explored the different harmonic possibilities of layering tone rows at different rates, and even serialised the rhythmic cells and timbres in the drum part. Combined with swing rhythms and the use of a jazz quartet, the dodecaphony sounds unusually groovy.

Chaotic SwingTjan Yi Xuan
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