"Tanzen" explores "dirty electricity"/electrical pollution/distortion as a metaphor for miscommunication. The form of the piece is two waveforms that are out of sync with one another. Both lines attempt to play the same song: Violin I performs the "melody" as a polka, while Violin II performs the "melody" as a waltz. Both parts attempt the tune several times, attempting to achieve some sort of synthesis, but the message is continually polluted. Despite meeting occasionally, communication is ultimately impossible.
Mix of Equal Temperaments from 12-48.
Tiffany M. Skidmore has a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with James Dillon and is currently a member of the music theory faculty. She is a founding member of the Minneapolis composer collective, Composers Federal Credit Union and Gardening Club and is often sought after as a lecturer and performer. As a professional vocalist, she frequently performs with the Contemporary Music Workshop, The Gregorian Singers, and Hymnos Vocal Ensemble.