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Holopainen's longest composition so far released
Teem Work is a two hour long piece of electronic music created using algorithms. Originally composed in 2013, it is now released in a remixed version.
In 2011, while composing another piece called Unlikely Events (featured on the Signals & Systems album), a very long and slow paced soundfile happened to be created. Accidental as it may have been, it was later used as one of three separate tracks that run in parallell in Teem Work.
The two other tracks were generated by sound synthesis algorithms from the low level of samples; there is no explicit plan for how the piece evolves written into the C++ programs that generates them. In that sense, this composition exemplifies a self-organising process using autonomous instruments.
The cover image shows an investigation into one of the sound generating algorithms. It is a bifurcation diagram of a system of feedback FM oscillators, with gray areas representing parameter values that result in fixed points, red being chaos and other colours representing periodic orbits of various length. The composition itself is, in a similar spirit, an artistic investigation into feedback systems.
Teem Work is not likely to be presented for a live audience or played on the radio; for that it is simply too long. The impatient listener can get a fair impression of the music already from a fifteen or twenty minutes excerpt, but it is recommended to be listened to from beginning to end, attentively whenever possible or just as a background soundtrack to one's daily activities. Under no circumstances shall Teem Work be listened to more than a dozen times a day.
The digital album is officially released on December 31, 2015.