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Compositions Coming Alive

FIre

I'm working on this new piece, Fire, and now that I have the opening section done I"m starting to type it into Finale, a computer program that engrave scores, and it is miserable! Very tedious and small to read. I might be able to zoom in come to think of it. If so,...

Theory in Reverse

I have read that Music Theory, where you get very intellectual and logical about how music is built, has historically been figured out by people looking at past composers and seeing what they are doing. It is rare that a logical music theory is calculated in advance...

Imagining

Often right after I blog post I come up with some sort of new insight or idea and this happened today.I've been reflecting on some books and youtubes that deal with creativity and memory. A big part of the message is that imagination is vastly important to learning...

Rumi Piece Progress

I'm able to take the whole text and improv a piece surrounding it that almost holds water. I'm not trying to actually write it when I do this, I'm just familiarizing myself with the full text more deeply and experimenting with the musical language. I"m finding some...

Working with the Warlock Jumps

The musical element I mentioned in my last post was fro ma synth improv, recorded on some old type of recording device I have lost forever, was called Warlock and has a really heavy serious bass riff. This dates back to something like 2002. Out of paranoia I'm not...

Change Maybe

I remembered a texture I created one day while improvising on a synth. I love it and have never used it. It's very flexible and powerful, and it doesn't fit Fo Not Stand one bit. But It might fit the Rumi text. 1) Now is the time to unite the soul and the world. 2)...

Cursing and Singing

This morning I discovered that I can benefit from cursing quietly in mumbles when I hit a sour note. This gives me a sense of humor about the process, and that helps a lot. If I get heaviness on the brain I can't be creative. This is a pretty important thing to be...

Permutations

Confession. I'm realizing I'm not getting a full 20 minutes in per day but in these shorter bits I find I can be more certain I can do it. It's really exhausting to do this and I just run out of gas! But with exercise I"ll build up endurance. Today I worked on...

Think like an organ!

A huge part of what makes organ's sound the way they do is that you stack up different ranks of pipes which play at different octaves. Here is a crude, quick overview: Each rank of pipes has a number that tells you what octave (typically) it is. If something is marked...

Clarification

Starting about two weeks ago I felt a sudden shift in me where my desire or sense of need to be on the internet cut itself in half. It happened randomly one afternoon around 5:00, and I just said - I"m not going to touch the computer again today. No lives were lost....

Composing in the AM

I tried composing my 20 minutes first thing this morning. About 20 minutes after coffee. This turned out pretty well. I"d say I am about where I was yesterday but a few more ideas are becoming more concrete. BUt what I have now is a little too much C#. I ought to move...

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I put in a 20 minutes. This time I woke myself up with some coffee. I would say the problems I was having earlier were mostly that I didn't have enough energy. A little coffee goes a long way with me, so I have to be judicious with it, but timing this to be 20 minutes...

Slow Month

What has happened to my composing! I feel a new push to do it - it's mostly out of a sense of responsibility, although I don't know exactly why that is. Regarding motivation, I feel no connection, at this point, to any sort of main stream goals in the slightest such...

More on Motivation

One way of thinking about composing is that I was born with a pretty solid ability to write and I've cultivated that for many years - no so much recently but I would composer for hours a day in the past. If I do have a gift, you can make an argument that says it is in...

Motivation

I have to get clearer on my motivation. There is the idea that if I write with discipline it'll end up making me a more prolific and successful composer, and bring some money in. But that's just all about me. There is nothing external about it, like a thought that...

Do not Stand

I had some progress yesterday, I think this is going to be pretty natural to write. What I'm doing now is laying around with plaining chords and having the women's part be exactly the same as the men's part, just an octave higher. It makes a cool effect, and it'll be...

Reboot

Greetings! AS you may have figured out, I stopped writing my blog for a while. What happened was that I felt this relief of having Be Still getting done and it took some time for me to get motivated to write second piece. I go Do Not Stand up and rolling. I think...

Be Still Continues

I've been preoccupied with my composing because I have been waiting for Be Still to be turned into a real music, in this case a real recording. I think yesterday we got it. I don't get the tracks for another day or two but then I'll see if I have it for real. The bass...