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Re: new composition influenced by looping and some ramblings
Very nice Kev... :)
Now, the real question is, would I have thought it was 'Elfman-esque', if
not seen your comment regarding Nightmare before Christmas? hmmmm...
> I'd like to share my latest composition with you entitled "The Sad
> Little Ghost".
> This is the first non-looping work I've composed for nearly a year
> however I think my work with live looping has influenced my non-looped
> work in a few ways, namely:
> 1) the orchestral tracks are minimal and utilize repetition -- similar
> to looped material
> 2) the lead (theremin) part is economical -- eschewing "fireworks" and
> focusing on expressive sustained notes.
> I am grateful to the folks on the LD list for MANY ideas that have
> become part of my musical vocabularly. A few recent examples:
> . in my organ improvisations I am much more inclined to play in a
> "looped" style... while I am not looping via hardware I often build a
> motive and then just keep it going in my left (or right) hand and then
> weave melodies around it with my spare hand or feet. (I don't know if
> the church I play at is ready for hardware looping... however I may
> try it sometime **grins** )
> . last Sunday, at the end of one improv, I played a single note melody
> alone on a plantive stop... this was an idea suggested on the LD list.
> And, why not? With loop devices we can turn one-note-a-time
> instruments into ensembles. Why not do the opposite and play a
> polyphonic instrument as if it is a mono instrument?
> Folks commented that my set at the Y2K7 Loopfest sounded "orchestral"
> -- and I think that my interest in ensemble texture influenced that.
> I have found over the last year that my looped and non-looped work
> influence each other.
> The Y2K7 Loopfest was like a massive recharge to my musical batteries.
> It was a chance to just sit back and soak up music from everyone. I
> think the word "unique" is overused in the music biz however each set
> WAS unique and each was high-quality.
> In particular, one of the challenges with looped music and with music
> in general is to create effective endings. To see the different
> approaches to this aspect of looping was enlightening, to say the
> least. Incidentally, the ending to "The Sad Little Ghost" just flew
> into my DAW ... no struggle.
> Forgive my rambling here. Though it has been a week since the
> loopfest, I am still on a real "high" from it and look forward to
> creating a lot of new looped and non-looped music as a result.
> -- Kevin
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