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Did Actually Write Today

It's a good thin I got the piano tuned a few weeks ago because I'm on it a lot now playing LOUD stuff. Fire is the first big loud piece I have ever done. Maybe that is why I feel so flexible in it - I'm not locked into old patterns of thinking. The odd scale is...

Didn’t Actually Write Yesterday

I enjoyed my piece yesterday but didn't actually do anything (except write maybe one measure) By this I mean I was playing what I had written as best as my hands could and also played around with some of what is coming up next but I didn't actually focus on writing...

That Fugue and the new Harmonic Rhythm

Today I realized that my semi-fugue imitation was full of problems. I think I weeded them out. I'm at a tricky spot again, I have a section that needs a faster pace of harmonic rhythm as far as I can feel. It is dangerous to let harmony lead melody. So the fact that I...

This Blog

Hi all. I'm a pretty new blogger so I didn't realize that when I'm back here in the programmer / website developer part of the site I found I had a lot of comments that I didn't know were there, so sorry about late responses. It means a lot to me to see people are...

The 10,000 Hours

I've been hearing warnings from all over the place about the following trap. You think you have a talent that is more important than effort. More and more I hear this is not how things work. One thing I've heard a bunch of times is the 10,000 rule. IF you do something...

Thirty Minutes into the Garbage

I looked at what had seemed, several hours ago, to be an effective new section of the piece simply is not. I'm looking for variety, yes, but this just sounds like an entirely different piece. THat's not good. All the more so in a short piece. It does have some...

Thirty Minutes

I put in my 30 minutes. For this I tried a thought experiment. I pretended that I was fighting for scheduling a practice room and all I could get was this really good room for only 30 minutes. I had a maximum time limit. This helped me be more focussed and I got some...

Mornings

Yesterday was quite a thing; it was a recording session for the choir. A six hour one! I was so exhausted buy hour 5 I didn't know if I was going to make it, but I did. And my body is moving much better than it used to. My new feature - if nothing is moving in the...

Thirty Minutes?

Thirty minutes a day is treating me just fine so far. Sometimes I end up blankly staring at the keys for 2 minutes because I feel all used up, but then I refuel and start again. I want to bump this up to more minutes, but for the time being 30 minutes it is. Today I...

Twenty Minutes?

Surely if I want to move forward as a composer I have to up the 20 minutes of composing a day, a lot. I get tired very quickly when writing - I need to build up endurance. I'm feeling very good about what I am getting but it's taking longer than it should in days, and...

Part two done, not part three

I was able to finish that polyphonic section (many tunes at once) without disaster. It's sort of odd - the soprano and alto have one theme that gets imitated and the tenors and basses have a different theme that gets imitated. I hope that's OK. To me it sounds fine,...

Time Distortion and Imitation

When I compose, I'll work on some section for so long that I can get it in my head that it's time fora big change but actually it's not. The time I put in makes the section I wrote seem longer than it actually is. I can see why composers tend to measure things in 8 or...

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)...