February 26, 2013 11:31 PM
posted by askmeaboutLOOM (8 comments total)
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It's been a while, and I figured I should come back with something wholly new (albeit about 4 months old). I've been holding out on posting this because, frankly, it's the most personal thing I've ever produced.
My first composition to ever include actual notes written, this is a very personal piece written on the occasion of my dearest friend's birthday, to commemorate when we first met. It's long-form ambience, based on a 4-interval cluster. All instruments are played by humans--no loops--and tracked. Believe me when I say that's an arduous process, and could only be a labour of love.
The clocks are all mine--I collect them--none of them are duplicated. The tempo is simultaneously nothing, yet in many cases multiple instances of 60bpm, and a couple in 11/8 at whatever tempo the chimey clock's pendulum happens to tick, roughly (it was a little off-balance, so it was difficult to follow).
The goal behind the piece, beyond the sentimental value, was also practical. My friend suffers from bouts of insomnia, and this was constructed as an ambient lullaby of sorts, to help her sleep. There are certain things that I know help her do so. The clocks function as what she and many others call "white noise," aka ambient semi-random noise. There's also a backing track of pure white noise, courtesy of the MS-10.
The tone cluster is G-A-C-E. The tonic is her first initial, then the intervals are 2-6-11, 20. We met at 8pm on 6 February 2011. There's a lot more which can be said, but most of what's been typed thus far won't mean much of anything to anyone but the two of us already.
Drones: Nord Electric Drawbar Organ, eBow Guitbass 3x, Rhythmic Piano, Tympano, Korg MS-10 (White Noise), 9 different clocks
Drone/Solo: Recordaphone (Recorder with a PVC fitting and a tenor sax mouthpiece)
Drone: Nord Electric Drawbar Organ, eBow Electric Guitar, Bowed Mountain Dulcimer
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