Favorable Odds

for clarinet and electro-acoustic music (2018)

(duration ca. 10 minutes)

program note:

The title derives its name from the fact that the overtone structure of the clarinet has only odd harmonics (frequencies that are 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. times the fundamental pitch played by the performer). It shares this characteristic with square waves and triangle waves. All sounds in the accompaniment have some connection to this sonic signature or to non-traditional clarinet noises. Among the techniques utilized are synthesized triangle and square waves, filtering, granular synthesis, live processing, sampling, and physical modeling. The rhythmic engine in the final section of the piece consists of bass clarinet samples I recorded in my first-ever encounter with the instrument as a "performer," having had no prior experience playing any reed instrument.


Link to clarinet part:


(7 pages; formatted for 8.5x11 page size)

Link to audio materials for performance

Link to recording by Andrea Cheeseman.

audio materials for performance:

Thank you for your interest in Favorable Odds.  You have unlimited access to this site for your downloading convenience.  You can download both files as often as you like onto any computer for the purpose of rehearsals and performances of this piece. I do request that you not share your access to this site with others. Please keep in touch. If you do perform Favorable Odds, I would appreciate knowing about. Send me a program, concert announcement, youtube posting, etc. I hope you enjoy learning and performing my music.  Thanks again.  =m.p.=


The link below is to a zipped file containing a Max patch and all the audio files required for performance.

   > Link to Max Patch


To use this Max patch you must have a full or demo version of Max which you can find at the link below.


   > http://cycling74.com/downloads

Note: You can continue to use your demo version of Max after the 30-day trial period.


Additional Instructions:

Once you have downloaded and installed the proper version of the Max for your computer and OS, launch the program, then open the file:  “FavorableOdds.maxpat.” The Max patch can be operated either by the performer, with a foot pedal (with various options available) or by another person using the computer’s keyboard.

NOTE: In order for this file to work, all of the the audio files must remain in the same folder as the Max patch file.


If you experience any problem with these links or with the materials themselves, feel free to contact me. If you need the materials in another format, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your request.