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EW005 | 2019-05-31  
Taking us on a journey that weaves us in two directions around the circle of fifths, Joel Laviolette's latest piece, Splitting Circles, is a captivating experiment.

Inspired by an interview where Jacob Collier talked about stacking fifths in a single chord creating an ever-expanding 'happy' chord, Joel took this concept and ran with it. He started with a root and fifth dyad and then went up a fifth ('happy') and down a fifth ('pensive') simultaneously. He then built dyads on those results. By continuing in this pattern, the music forms a kaleidoscopic spiral that is both moving away from itself and into itself. The melodies dance around this contrast creating a thread that we can traverse. Sparse percussion interweaves to give us a foundation, and chiming guitars add an organic texture that blends beautifully with the synths, piano, marimba, and bells.

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