Recently I completed a track for Brad Lambert, a friends father who is an artist in Newcastle. The piece is in response to his photographic work compiled over the last decade or so titled “Imagine”.
The work is all about hidden images in nature, things our brains piece together from carefully cropped images of natural formations. In a tree could be a woman or the side of a stone formation could form a persons face or an animal. All these images are seem like natures own attempts at art, but it’s only that way because our minds put the pieces together like that.
Perhaps art is inspired by the natural world but the natural world is also art in itself, it’s all about perception and perhaps the essence of imagination.
For the work I similarly worked from a base of “natural” unaltered sounds: wood tappings and leaf scrapings, and manipulating (electronically) and playing “around” the sounds to alter our aural perception of sounds:music.
The piece unravels itself sonically into a large mass of aural information, while attempting to recreate an uplifting sense of euphoria/realisation that comes with making art itself.
This is the kind of stuff I write for shits and giggles when I should be working on uni stuff.
So I’ve been at home for the holiday’s so far and most of the musical stuff I’ve done so far has been just musically doodling and seeing what I get. Soon I’ll be back in Melbourne and working on a tv show for RMITV, which should be fun, and looking for a casual joby thingo.
Here’s a thing I did this morning, I guess it fits the term “industrial” the most, but I’m not sure what it really is.
A short composition for solo piano and mediocre pianist.
So, looks like I’m scratching the idea of “Animated host” due to the amount of time the stuff for actual pieces is taking. One of my pieces has a very JRPG soundtrack feel, so I figured why not do a short meaningless fight scene manga/storyboard/animatic thing? Because it’s taking forever! Here are some designs for characters I may use.
One of my pieces from this semester, for SATB choir, exploring space, texture, harmonic colour and text based on a haiku by Matsuo Basho entitled “The Old Pond”.
Each section focusses on a line of the poem and reflects it musically and spatially (Although that doesn’t come off so well in the recording), the first section being stagnant with each group in each corner of the room, the second building to a yet unknown climax with performers spiralling gradually inwards to the audience and the third resolving simply and returning to the original layout.
So, after tomorrow the last thing I have to prepare for my course is my live event in a few weeks. I’m considering having a roughly animated me to present the thing, if so here are some doodles designing.. well me.
This is what happens when you walk around hitting things with a zoom recorder at hand and then bum around on a computer for about half an hour. Note to self, do this more often.
For uni we have to create a composition to perform and be recorded using this preset indian rhythmic idea where basically we double or half time the speed during the 2nd of 3 repeats. I’ve messed around with a whole bunch of ideas at once in this little diddle, now if only I could play this live…