Random Partials is a blissful mix of Alvin Lucier and John Cage.
Through the following text, I provide instructions for everytone to create works that explore the sonic differences between harmonic partials (just intonation) on the double bass and the well-tempered piano:
«Any number of partials, on any number of strings on the double bass can be used. The partials are played together with the corresponding «unison» tones on the piano, one at a time, as a sustained, slowly fading sound. Any tuning of the bass can be used, as long as the fundamental (1. partial) of each string is tuned in perfect unison with the piano. The players create a randomly selected series of partials until all the partials are used, at which point the piece ends.»