• Joy of Music – Over 250 years of quality, innovation, and tradition
2-3 Tage
Hire/performance material

Polygon Window

[Perpetuum immobile]
after Aphex Twin’s 'Polygon Window'
soprano saxophone, 2 pianos, vibraphone, 4 marimbas and 4 percussionists
Edition: Performance material

Product Details


When I was asked to prepare a track by Aphex Twin for the London Sinfonietta in 2005 my first job was to find a suitable track. After listening to three of their albums I finally decided upon the title track from Polygon Window (Surfing On Sine Waves) as I felt that this track had chord and rhythmic elements that could be utilised in a way that would be interesting.

After all, the idea of a form that is polygonal (many sided) and refractory (window) intrigued me. I was sure from the beginning that I didn't want to make a version that simply replicated the CD track in real time. Many people could have done that and I was unconvinced that such a version would be of any real interest. My idea in developing the Aphex Twin track was to gradually morph the track into a much more complicated form. A highly complex acoustic texture and a meeting of both musical worlds was my goal.

What I hoped to achieve was a representation of the original submerged within a kaleidoscopic view of itself, becoming greater than the sum of its original parts. One early reviewer called my version of Aphex Twin "an overpowering tsunami." At the least, I hoped to create a new entity refracted through external contemporary classical music influences.

Orchestral Cast

ssax-4perc(I: 2sizzle cyms, h.h, sus cym, small side dr, medium side dr, police whistle · II: clav, b.d, tri, vibraslap · III: kit b.d, bng, clav, guiro, mark tree · IV: h.h, tam-t, vibraslap).vib.4mar-2pno

More Information

Polygon Window
[Perpetuum immobile]
after Aphex Twin’s 'Polygon Window'
reduced version
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
6 ′
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by the South Bank Centre

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10000-02


Set Ascending Direction
  • Polygon Window
    Conductor: Simone Rebello
    May 10, 2012 | Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , RNCM Concert Hall
  • Set Ascending Direction


    Be the first to review this product.