Analogue Harvest Celebration

March 15, 2012 9:35 AM

String Quintet in Bb (video)

Performed with the Kovich String Quartet:
- Jeremy Potts, violin I
- Shima Takeda, violin II
- Sarah Tradewell, viola
- Nathan Jacklin, cello

I'm on double bass.

Composed in 2007
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Dean at the University of Victoria School of music Feb 2012

posted by CarrotAdventure (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Very nice! I'm such a sucker for string quartets (I'm a violinist).
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:40 PM on March 15, 2012

Hey, this is pretty great. Was it written with strings in mind, or was it originally a synth thing?

(Hopefully this summer I can get up to Victoria and see you again!)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:00 AM on March 16, 2012

Nicely done.
posted by dubold at 4:44 AM on March 16, 2012

@Karlos - there is in fact a synth version of the song, though I originally composed it using Finale with the full intention of it being a string piece. At the time, I didn't have access to a quartet to perform it with, so I rendered the composition as a midi and imported into my sequencer for a rather silly result. The title is named for the image evoked by the synth version, but I retained it for the acoustic recording.

Also, please do come visit the island anytime!
posted by CarrotAdventure at 4:05 PM on March 16, 2012

The bass is my favorite part. Neat surprise to have this mixed in with all the solo, bedroom projects on MuFi (wonderful as those are!)
posted by Corduroy at 2:55 PM on March 17, 2012

A joyful piece; the word "celebration" in the title seems to fit well. It's good to hear a piece for tradtional instruments that sounds fully modern, but doesn't go the route of extreme virtuosity, atonality, extended techniques... music that remembers it should be a pleasure to listen to. I probably haven't grasped all there is to understand about the structure of the piece yet, but at the very least it feels natural and flowing from the beginning to the end, and it does have a clear ending that feels well-planned when you get there.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:51 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

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