Specifications Edition of 25
A book in two parts - Part one - Six hexagon panels (5” x 6”) 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 companion music CD and video DVD.
Size flat - 8” x 29”; size folded - variable dimensions
Printed on Mowhawk Superfine cover smooth using inks and dry pigments in litho and oil transparent base. Tyvek-hinged accordion binding opens to display all panels flat or folded
Thomas Parker Williams - concept, design, illustrations, printing, binding, music (composition, performance, recording)
Copies are in private collections
Permanent Collections -
Appalachian State University Belk Library, Special Collections
Hexatonic Prime by Thomas Parker Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
A hexatonic mode is a musical scale consisting of only six notes. 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.