Watch the trailer for #6×5 on Vimeo here.
Image credit: Tim Higgins (vimeo.com/TimHiggins)
Those of you who don’t already know, I compose. This isn’t limited to the guitar, and I have more than a fondness for minimalist principles. I will expand on my love of the minimalist style of music and why I feel we need it more then ever in a later blog post. But for now, I just want to share a little bit of my upcoming non-guitar musical works. Some of you have been asking for a sneak peek, so here it is!
#6×5 is one part of a four-movement piece using minimal, interplaying lines. The title refers to the number of individual musical phrases (six) and the number of actual notes in each of these motifs (five).
This piece was originally intended to be performed on tuned percussion instruments, such as glockenspiels or vibraphones, by six players, spaced in a circle around tyne audience. Each performer would be assigned one of the six motifs and the music, and the overall effect of these separate, short lines starting and stopping all around the listener is intended to surround him in sound. It might disorientate (due to elements of dissonance), but hopefully in a good way (as these resolve as the music progresses).
Since then, I have created a demo using a piano voicing. The final version will be available as a piece for solo or duo pianos, as well as solo and duo tuned percussion. However, I will also continue to fine-tune the original six-part ‘surround sound’ experience for a performance at a later date.
In the meantime, please have a listen to the piano demo for #6×5. It takes about thirty seconds of your time and I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts.
Later this week, I shall upload the slower movement from this same work, #5×4, which is also a piano demo. Once I have done this, I will enable you to read about it and listen to it from here.
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Until then, enjoy and keep creating!