Publications and CDs
books and monographs
editor (books, journals)
(liner notes, editorials, published letters, solicited
CD, LP anthologies
scores published in
journals, periodicals, etc.
other recordings (as a performer, programmer, etc.)
writings, reviews, out of print, etc.
Melody. Collection of guitar music, performed by Toon
Callier, Zwerm, and other musicians. Liner notes by Bob Gilmore.
New World Records.
Impossible Melody. Reissue, with two new pieces, and new
notes by David Dunn. New World Records.
Trios, Pogus CDs
P21031-2, collaboration with douglas repetto, Tom Erbe, Chris
Mann, Christian Wolff 2002
Four Voice Canons. Cold Blue Recordings 2002
Artifact Recordings. (Available from Frog Peak)
Road (The Crawford Variations), Martin Christ, piano.
Liner notes by Kyle Gann. New World Records
Harmonic Motion. Artifact Recordings. (Available from Frog
Theory of Impossible Melody. Artifact Recordings Books,Monographs
Grunt, Honk, Whistle and Quack. Book of rounds on texts
by Sarah Lloyd. Limited edition publication, Timpanocriptis
Press, Tasmania, Australia. 2012.
Computers, co-authored with Phil Burk, Mary Roberts,
douglas repetto, Dan Rockmore. Web-book, including interactive
Java applets, with accompanying teacher’s guidefor undergraduate
computer music and audio DSP curricula. Key Publishing, 2004.
The Music of
American Folk Song. Critical edition of a booklength
monograph by Ruth Crawford Seeger. With Judith Tick. University
of Rochester Press, Musicology Monograph Series. 2001.
HMSL Version 4.2
Programmer's Manual, with Phil Burk. Computer music
language manual. 1991
Works of James Tenney, Soundings Press, monograph-length
theoretical study, Soundings
#13, pp. 119 - 297, 1983. Available from Frog Peak
Beginning Central Javanese
Gender. Available in hard-copy from the American Gamelan Institute
Spectral Mutation Functions in
Soundhack, with Tom Erbe, 1994.
(Hierarchical Music Specification Language), with David
Rosenboom and Phil Burk, 1985–92.Various released stand-alone
applications written in HMSL. Many
compositional, interactive performance, analysis and synthesis
programs written in HMSL, MatLab, C and JAVA, available on the
web, and in various shareware versions. Articles
. “Music and
movement share a dynamic structure that supports
universal expressions of emotion,” Beau Sievers,
Larry Polansky, Michael Casey, Thalia Wheatley. Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, December, 2012
with me, by Rachel Vandagriff, in “History of P. erspectives
of New Music,” Perspectives
of New Music, 50/2:196–205, Winter, 2012
More Words about James Tenney: Dissonant Counterpoint and
Statistical Feedback." Co-authored with Mike Winter and
Journal of Mathematics and Music , 5/3. 2011
Mathematical Model for Optimal Tuning Systems.”
Co-authored with Dan Rockmore, Douglas Repetto, Kimo Johnson,
and Wei Pan. Perspectives of
New Music, 47/1:69-110. Winter, 2009
Music of Johanna Beyer.” Extended liner notes for the New
World Records 2-CD set of Johanna Beyer’s music (also conceived
and co-curated that CD)
OWT: A Real-time Optimal
Tuning Application.” Co-authored with Micah K. Johnson,
Douglas Repetto, Daniel Rockmore, Wei Pan. Proceedings of the ICMC,
Heterophony, Politics, Composition: A Panel Discussion.”
by Wolff, C., Polansky, L., Dong, K., Asplund, C., Hicks, M. Perspectives of New Music
Will You Miss Me,” in 1/1, The Journal of the Just
Intonation Network, 12/3, 2007
Words About James Tenney" 2006. (Published in several
Extended liner notes to New
World Records release of
Postal Pieces. Major revision of chapter of my earlier
Soundings monograph on
Tenney) Extended liner notes to New
World Records release of
Selected Works 1961-69. Revision of chapter of my
earlier Soundings monograph on Tenney). (Reissue of original
Frog Peak/Artifact CD I produced)
Rewriting Ruth Crawford Seeger,”
MusicWorks 81, Fall 2001, 22-27 “
Hacking Together, Plundering Together: Sonic Intellectual
Property in Cybertimes ,” article in the Web
Journal. Open Space
historical/theoretical article entry in the
Encyclopedia of Computer Science,
4th edition, Nature Publishing Group, pp. 396-404 (rewritten and
updated from Charles Ames’ previous entry), 2000 “
Cocks Crow, Dogs Bark: New
Compositional Intentions,” Leonardo Music Journal, 7:64-71, 1997 “
'Total Eclipse': The Music of Johanna
Magdalena Beyer,” co-authored with John Kennedy, Musical Quarterly,
80(4):719-778, Winter, 1996
Metrics,” Journal of New
Music Research, 25(1996):289-368. 1996
No Replacement (85 Verses for Kenneth
Gaburo), Perspectives of New Music, Volume 33, 1996 “
Spectral Mutation in
Soundhack,” with Tom Erbe, Computer Music Journal, 20(1): 92-101, 1996 “
Live Interactive Computer Music in
HMSL, 1984-1992,” Computer
Music Journal, 18(2): 59–77, 1994 “
Music of the Voyager Interstellar Record,” with Stephanie
Nelson, Journal of Applied
Communication, 21(4): 358–376, 1993
Impossible Melody: Some Formal Aspects of Contour,” with
Richard Bassein, Journal of
Music Theory, 36(2): 259–284, 1992. “
Mutation Functions: Applications to Motivic Transformation and
a New Class of Cross-Synthesis Techniques,” with Martin
McKinney, Proceedings of the
ICMC, Montreal, pp. 234–241, 1991
Morphological Mutations,” Proceedings of the ICMC, San Jose, pp. 57-60,
(Hierarchical Music Specification Language): A Theoretical
Overview,” with Phil Burk and David Rosenboom, Perspectives of New Music,
28(2): 136–178, 1990
“Collaboration: Tap Scored
and Notes on the Three Monk Tunes,” with Anita Feldman , Leonardo, 23(4): 387-393,
“Notes on the Tunings of Three
Central Javanese Slendro/Pelog Pairs,” Experimental Musical Instruments,
VI(2): 12-13, 16-17, 1990 “Morphological Metrics:
An Introduction to a Theory of Formal Distances,”
Proceedings of the ICMC,
Urbana, pp. 197-205, 1987
Lou Harrison as a speculative theorist,” A Lou Harrison Reader,
Soundings Press, 1987 “
Paratactical Tuning: An
Agenda for the Future Use of Computers in Experimental
Music Journal, 11(1): 61–68, 1987
"James Tenney and Space
Travel." (Editor's Introduction). Perspectives of New Music.
25(1&2): 436-438. Winter, Summer 1987
(Hierarchical Music Specification Language): A Real-Time
Environment for Formal, Perceptual, and Compositional
Experimentation,” with David Rosenboom, Proceedings of the ICMC,
Vancouver, pp. 243-250, 1985
the Word: Form and Tonality in Schoenberg's Phantasy for
Violin with Piano Accompaniment,” ex tempore, 3(1): 29-40,
American Gamelan, Part I: Interval Sizes in Javanese Slendro,”
Balungan, 1(2): 9-11,
“Interview with David
Music Journal, 7(4): 40-45, Winter, 1983. Reprinted in
The Music Machine, MIT
Press, 1985 “
Hierarchical Temporal Gestalt
Perception in Music,” (James Tenney with Larry Polansky),
Journal of Music Theory,
24(2): 205-241, 1980. ( higher
“A Hierarchical Gestalt
Analysis of Ruggles' Portals,”
Proceedings of the ICMC, Evanston, pp.
Editor (Books, Journal
Divisions of the Tetrachord,
by John Chalmers, Frog Peak Music,
Meta + Hodos and META Meta + Hodos, by James
Tenney, Frog Peak Music, 1995
Leonardo Music Journal,
founding editor. Published by MIT Press, 1991
Perspectives of New Music,
25:1&2, 1987, guest editor
Frog Peak Johanna Beyer
Project (20 editions so far), and many other CDs and
editions for Frog Peak
The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger
(Joseph Straus), American
Music, 14:3: 389-392, 1996.
McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds (Carol Oja), Ethnomusicology, 37(3):
(Gardner Read), 20th Century Microtonal Notation Leonardo
Music Journal, 1(1): 108-109, 1991.
Ruth Crawford Seeger
(Madeleine Gaume), Leonardo,
24(3): 293–297, 1991.
On the Wires of Our Nerves,
(Robin Heifetz, ed.), Leonardo,
23(4): 451-2. The Sackbutt
Blues: Biography of Hugh LeCaine, (Gayle Young),
Leonardo, 24(1): 98, 1990. miscellaneous
Music Journal reviews (on News of Music, Electronic Cottage)
(Iannis Xenakis), Leonardo,
23(4): 385–388, 1990.
The Music of Ben Johnston
(Heidi Von Gunden), Leonardo,
23(1): 67–69, 1989. Over 30 book and recording
of traditional and contemporary American musics for OP Magazine, 1984–7. Short writings
(liner notes, editorials, published letters, solicited
“Ruth Crawford Seeger's When, Not If, an unpublished score,”
MusicWorks, Number 80,
Summer, 2001 (LP editor and accompanying notes). Also directed
first recording of the piece (with Mary Ann Haagen) for the
accompanying CD. Extended
notes for The Piano
Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger and Johanna Beyer, Sarah
Cahill, pianist, New Albion CD, 2001. Series of theoretical letters about my work
II-V-I (by Dave Mohr and
myself) in 1/1, The Journal
of the Just Intonation Network, Fall, 2000, Vol. 10,
#3. Interview with painter/sound artist Heri Dono (in
Sphere Festival book, Harima, Japan, 1998.
Baker's Articles on
James Tenney and Johanna Magdalena Beyer, 1996. “
Mahler’s Place,” liner notes, David Mahler, The Voice of the Poet,
Artifact CD, 1997. “
Fast: Introduction to Skin,” introduction to book of
scores by Nick Didkovsky, Punos Music, 1995. “
Moving,” Musicworks 59, p. 51, Toronto, Canada. 1994.
Reprinted in Encountering
John Cage. voixeditions, France. 2008
visual poetry cover for Haiga: A little farfetched and
hard to believe (a complete surrogate biography of Larry
Wendt), furnitures (#10), 1994.
Thoughts on ‘Music Since 1960’ (in the form of a haiku),”
Sounds Australian, Journal of
Australian Music, (41): 5-6. 1994. “Four statements,” short piece on artistic censorship.
News of Music, #13, Winter,
1992. “On Competitions,” Forum,
Music Journal, 15(3): 13-14, 1991. “The Future of Music/The Future of Leonardo,” Editor’s
Journal, 1:1, 1991. “
17 Gloomy Sentences (and
commentary) at the turn of the millennium (in the form of an
Music Journal, 1(1), 1991. “Sounds, Musics and Leonardo,” with Roger Malina, and Elliot
Being a Composer in America,”
Perspectives of New Music,
26(1): 213–214, 1988. “
The Future of Music,”
(editor and contributor), Leonardo,
20(4): 363-365, 1987. Reprinted in Evos Newsletter #8, Perth, Australia. A number of
writings in 1/1, several other places.
CD, LP and other
recording anthologies containing my work
Duchess Bridge, solo
electric guitar, on The $100 Guitar Project, Bridge
Trio (Kui Dong, Larry
Polansky, Christian Wolff). Henceforth Records 111.
Eskimo Lullaby from Songs
and Toods. Lou Harrison Just Intonation Resonator
Guitar. Performed by John Schneider. Cold Blue Anthology Two.
5 pieces for solo piccolo. Performed by Margaret Lancaster on Io, CD of contemporary
flute music. New
World Records 80665. 2008
15b, 16a.1, 16a.2, 16b, and Tenneytoodiii (for two pianos, from Three Pieces for Two Pianos)
adapted for The Player Piano
Project CD, Vera Ikon Productions.
Canon #23a (freeHorn canon) for Charles Dodge.
University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios 50th
Anniversary CD. 2006
(Four Voice Canon #21) (tmfg). Quad piece. [re] DVD.
Movement in E
Major for John Cage, on New World Records 80641,
Miwako Abe, Works for Violin with Michael Kieran Harvey,
Canons. Pogus CD Anthology of music by other composers
based on my four voice canons
Dreaming, DVD. Independent feature film by Nora
Jacobson. Score by LP.
Pregnant Pause, voice and piano, on Jacqueline Humbert
and David Rosenboom, Chantuese, Lovely Music 4001.
Farewell 2 Canon,
on Grain compilation
CD, DotDotDot003 (Ireland). Electronic work, collaboration
with late English composer Dirk (,) Rodney. 2001
Casten Variation and excerpts from Lonesome Road, MusicWorks
81 CD. 1998
Time is Now, Burning Books/ Frog
Peak Music. (Contains two computer works: ...slippers of steel (with
Nick Didkovsky), and Cocks
Crow, Dogs Bark… (with John Bischoff and Melody
Peak Collaborations: 115 pieces by 62 composers on a
text by Chris Mann. Frog Peak
Music. (Contains a set of 10 short works by me). 1996
baa birthday have you any star. Computer Music Journal CD. 1995
the long and the short of it. The Aerial #6, Non
Sequitur Recordings. 1994
11 Composers and HMSL CD. Frog
Peak Music. (Contains several of my The World’s Longest
Melody: Piano Studies). 1993
Voice Canon #8, on Transforms.
Cuneiform CD. 1992 [Hebrew title]
(Al Het), on Leonardo Music Journal CD #2.
on Numbers Racket:
Compilation Volume #2, Just Intonation Network. 1991 [Hebrew title]
(V'Leem'Shol) on CDCM Computer Music Series, Volume 11: The Virtuoso in the
Computer Age II. Centaur. 1986
#3, on Music at Mills.
Mills College Centennial Album. 1985
Variations. Opus One Records. 1984
Andrea Smith, on TELLUS Cassette Magazine #14. Scores published (in
[Note: Most of my scores
are published by Frog Peak Music (A Composers’ Collective)].
Four Voice Canon #18 (“Trio
Canon for Christian Wolff”) published in SoundVisions, PFAU
Publications, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2005
published by Smith Publications, 2005
Ensembles of Note and Neighborhoods
of Note (2 Suzuki pianists), in Open Space Magazine, Issue 2, Spring, 2000 ii-v-i (for two electric guitars, or solo electric guitar) in
1/1: The Journal of the Just
Intonation Nework, Fall, 10:2, 2000
Bedhaya Sadra/Bedhaya Guthrie,
computer-composed score for voices, gamelan, and instruments, Perspectives of New Music,
The World’s Longest Melody,
in Array, Newsletter of the
International Computer Music Association, 12(3): 4-8,
Horn, for French horn
and live electronics, score in Xenharmonikon 14: 80-90, 1993.
score and notes in Canon
for Flute, 1/1, The Quarterly Journal of the
Just Intonation Network, 6(2): 5-10, 1990.
Movement for Lou Harrison,
four basses, revised, Xenharmonikon XII: 68-90, 1988.
Four Bass Studies (what to
do when the night comes …), solo bass, Xenharmonikon X, 1987.
Distance Musics I-VI, and Four Violin Studies (what to do
when the night comes for Jim Tenney), in Perspectives of New Music,
25(1&2): 537-544, 545-546, 1987.
Hensley Variations, Gottlieb Variations (“The Year of
Jubalo”), and Sacco,
Vanzetti (arrangement of Ruth Crawford song), New Music for Plucked Strings,
Frog Peak Music, 1987.
Three Rimbaud Settings,
in Ear Magazine vocal issue 10(3), January–March 1986.
Here To Stay, for
violin and pitch sensing microprocessor, in Active Listener #4, 1984. [Hebrew title]
Fuging Tune in G, score in Soundings #11, pp. 89-112, 1980.
in 17 for the 36, Generation, Princeton, N.J,
Piano Study #5, in XenHarmonikon #7/8, 1978.
Movement for Andrea Smith
(My Funny Valentine for Just String Quartet), and Movement for Lou Harrison
(for two violins), in Xenharmonikon #6, 1977. Selected other recordings (performer,
Guitar, Lois V Vierk’s
first recording, New
World Records (2009)
Fretless electric guitarist and recording engineer, Earle
Tzadik CD TZ8028: Folio
and Four Systems (Earl
Brown). Christian Wolff’s
Excercises (guitar, mandolin), New World Records 80658.
Guitarist/mandolinist, Ron Nagorcka’s
Artimadae (recorded by
Australian Broadcasting Company); and Colloruncincla Harmonica (released on Rhythms
of the Tarkine CD).
(collaborative article/piece with Phil Corner)
Too Late, CD, with
David Mahler, Frog Peak Music FP0011 (guitarist, mandolinist,
Rhythms of the Tarkine,
CD/Book, Ron Nagorcka and Sarah Lloyd, (LP guitarist on Collaruncinla Harmonica),