Luminice Press Artist Book Editions



CATALOG NO. 364-2016
Hexatonic Prime

A book in two parts
Part one - Six hexagon panels (5 x 6 inches) with color illustrations printed from reduction linocuts. Rear panels are letterpress printed from polymer plates.
Part two - Hexagon shaped book with text printed from linocut and polymer plates with Music CD and companion video DVD.

Printed on the Luminice Press on Mowhawk Superfine Cover smooth using inks and dry pigments in litho and oil transparent base. Tyvek hinged accordion binding that opens to display all panels flat (8 x 29 inches) or folded (dimensions variable)
Edition of 25

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Creative Commons License
Hexatonic Prime by Thomas Parker Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Hexatonic Prime was designed, performed, printed and bound by Thomas Parker Williams

Hexatonic Prime folded display

A hexatonic mode is a musical scale consisting of only six notes instead of the standard seven to the octave. Any six notes of the chromatic twelve tone scale can be used. The relationships of these notes will produce modes of tonality or dissonance. Hexatonic Prime is a mode where the note positions are determined by the prime numbers between 2 and 13. Starting in C the notes are: 2 (C sharp), 3 (D), 5 (E), 7 (F sharp), 11 (A sharp) and 13 (C). Since the mode starts with the second note (C sharp) the scale ends with the Tonic (first note) one octave above.

The music composition consists of seven 31-measure sections of an improvised, two-part piano piece, using only the notes of the Hexatonic Prime mode with added percussion in 6/8 time. Section one starts with the mode in its original form. Each succeeding section transposes the mode by the next prime number in the set of primes from 2 through 13.

The six panels illustrate, with color and shape, my impression of the modes. The back of each panel contains the music notation for the Hexatonic Prime Mode and each transposition.

Hexatonic Prime Books closed

Hexatonic Prime fully open - color panels

Hexatonic Prime fully open - staff panels

Hexatonic Prime - staff panels visible

Hexatonic Prime - Book no. 2 open

Hexatonic Prime - The modes and transcriptions

Hexatonic Prime - Panel 13-1

Hexatonic Prime - Panel 2

Hexatonic Prime - Panel 3

Hexatonic Prime - Panel 5

Hexatonic Prime - Panel 7

Hexatonic Prime - Panel 11