DICK008: DAVID EARL BUDDIN THE CITY OF GOD CD
The City of God is the fifth cantata in a cycle of six. They are collectively called The Genesis of Projection, after a line from Emerson's essay “Nature” wherein he discusses human history and its manifestations.
In all of these works Buddin employs a single series of six pitches. They are transformed and permutated in all kinds of orderly ways to create a myriad of different surface structures and textures. The intervals between adjacent pitches articulate time spans that he uses to “project” large and small scale rhythmic complexes as well as the overarching form of the entire construction.
The whole enterprise stands in marked contrast to the emotive, amorphous garbage that his generation is notable for. It is, to paraphrase E.E. Cummings, a reality whose universe a single leaf may be.