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Pair / Impair

Jonty Harrison

Programme notes

Pair (even): the balance between opposites (left/right, high/low, dry/resonant); equilibrium; the concept of stasis.

Impair (odd): the contradiction of pair; the element of imbalance which carries us out of stasis; the dynamic concept.

Pair / Impair: an extension of the relationship between dynamic and static musics (and their confusion) — a relationship which in itself can fluctuate between the dynamic and the static.

Pair / Impair was realized in 1978 in the Recording and Electronic Music Studio of the University of East Anglia (UK) and first performed in Norwich in 1978. It received a Mention in the Analogue Category of the 1980 Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France).


  • 1978, Concert, Music Centre — University of East Anglia, Norwich (England, UK)


  • Composer(s): Jonty Harrison
  • Year of composition: 1978
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • ISWC: T9247707364
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Duration: 11:48
  • ISRC: CAD509611630