Gestalt Variations

from by Benjamin R. Fuhrman



The "Gestalt Variations" are centered around the concepts of variation of similar materials through iterative mutations, contrasted with phased entropy. Over the course of the piece, samples grow and change – sometimes in relation to their original state, and sometimes in different directions – creating a flowing texture of continual evolution, bounded by unedited melodic fragments from the solo guitar. It is essentially an unfolding, an evolution from simplicity into complexity and back, while the listener's mind attempts to reconcile the fragments to form musical ideas. Much of the "Variations" was inspired through my readings in gestalt psychology and evolutionary biology.


from Concrete Oasis, released September 9, 2016



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Benjamin R. Fuhrman Lansing, Michigan

Benjamin R. Fuhrman is a composer based in Lansing, Michigan. He studied composition at Michigan State University with Ricardo Lorenz and Mark Sullivan, and violin performance at Hope College with Mihai Craioveanu.

his works have been performed throughout the world.

He is currently serving on the faculty at the MSU Community Music School, Mott Community College, and Oakland University.
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