all-forgetting-is-retrieval (2019)

    Instrumentation:    alto saxophone, bass clarinet, bass trombone, percussion, electric guitar, violin, cello, augmented conductor, and electronics

    Dedication:    For the TACETi Ensemble

    Commission & Awards:    Commissioned by Thailand New Music & Arts Symposium

    World Premiere:    Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Thailand - July 7, 2019

    Purchasing information:    Perusal PDF Score: $20; Score, Parts, Max Patch (and remote consultation): $200

    Contact:    jasontbuchanan[at]


all-forgetting-is-retrieval was commissioned by the TACETi Ensemble for the 2019 Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) in Bangkok. This work explores the formation of human memory, retrieval, and failure. “There is a common belief that forgetting is strictly due to a retrieval failure. It is curious why this idea of a permanent memory is so appealing…the storage of information is not perfect. Storage as well as retrieval is subject to failure. Thus, the hypothesis that all-forgetting-is-retrieval is incorrect. For information in this state of permanent [long-term] memory, all subsequent forgetting is assumed to be caused by a retrieval failure. Yet…there is no known biological mechanism to stop the adaptive changes in memory from continuing and thereby possibly destroying the prior learning record…

Performances of all-forgetting-is-retrieval

March 02, 2023
University at Buffalo,  Buffalo, NY 14260

April 08, 2021
University of Texas at Austin,  The Internet
Austin, TX 78701

July 07, 2019
Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium,  Bangkok, Thailand