AXES (2015)

Graphic score for solo piano.

Axes is a graphic score whereby time is represented on the Y-axis, rather than the X-axis as in Western notational tradition. The performer therefore progresses from the top to the bottom of the score. Pitch is represented by the X-axis, the range extending horizontally from middle C, as per the horizontal arrangement of pitch on a keyboard.

The form of the work is derived from an oscillogram transcription (flipped 90 degrees) of the first guitar gesture of Jimi Hendrix’s Bold As Love, the titular song on his 1967 album Axis: Bold As Love.