Sunday, April 24, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 16 - Whispers for Piano & Electronics

Okay, I know I said I was going to be doing more soundtracky type music for a bit, but this week's piece turned out a little more on the electroacoustic, semi-avant garde, instrumental side of things. ...Well, come to think of it, isn't that actually just what a lot of soundtrack music is...yeah...we're good ;)

Anyway, as is tradition, I began this week's thing with a piano improv. I then layered in the electronics to strengthen the desired mood and reinforce the emotional setting. This piece is basically what the inside of my head sounds like while trying to fall asleep when I know I have a lot going on the next day. The ol' thought factory seems to never stops churning out ideas sometimes. I'm sure you've all been there before as well.

In other news: I spent the weekend on the north shore with family and had the chance to see the Pigeon Falls and Cascade Falls on the boarder of Canada. I took some great video of the falls in full spring roar and plan to share it next week along with a musical soundtrack.

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See you next week!


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 15 - Intro to an Epic Tale

Welcome to Week 15!

Thank you so much to all those who came out to Studio Z last week hear and see Weather Patterns for Trumpet and Piano performed live. The performance went really well, and I'm looking forward to making a full recording and publishing the sheet music soon!

Two weeks ago I started playing around with making some soundtrack-esque music. I really enjoyed that piece, so I decided to do a little more for this week, and will probably continue down this path for a bit. This week's piece is a dark and broody mix of piano, strings, and orchestral percussion.

Thanks for listening. If you have a soundcloud account, please leave your comments on the track. I'd love to hear from you :)

Until next week,


Sunday, April 10, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 14 - Weather Patterns for Trumpet & Piano - Part 3

Well hello there!

As promised, this week's thing is part 3 of "Weather Patterns for Trumpet & Piano."

Hooray, for having a final title for the piece. Hooray, for having it complete. Hip-hip-hooray for having it performance ready for our show at Studio Z on Tuesday the 12th at which Kate and I will be performing this piece in its entirety.

If you haven't been to The New Ruckus performances at Studio Z in St. Paul, now is your chance to check it out. Each month 4 composers, singer-songwriters, performing ensembles, electronic name it..., use the space and time to show off and air out new or old works of all kinds. After each performance the audience has a chance to ask the composer & performers any questions they may have about the creative process, make comments about their reaction to the music, etc. It's a great experience for everybody involved and we're really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there :)

Until next week!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 13 - Medieval Future Fantasy

Gonna take a little pause from "Music for Trumpet and Piano" this week. Don't worry, I am still working on that piece. In fact, it's pretty much done. Kate and I are just working out a few little kinks in the last section/movement before we get a video put together. Expect to see that next week :-D

In the meantime, here is a little ditty I made for fun. It started out as a piano improv and I decided to add some layers. Working in D dorian and blending the old and new. Going for Medieval Future Fantasy. Somewhat of a soundtrack vibe. Enjoy :)

See you next week!


Saturday, March 26, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 12 - Music for Trumpet & Piano: Part 2

Working out some ideas for the slow movement/section of Music for Trumpet & Piano. Experimenting with reverb, delay, distortion, and a looper :)

As of now the score for this looks something like:

Start looper.
Push air through trumpet and click valves while using distortion pedal for 10 seconds or so.
End looper, start overdub, turn off distortion.
Play A & B long tones in mid range.
Play the A E D / A E B motive in a low register.
End overdub on looper.
Play a soaring melody of long tones using A, B, D, & E.
Fade out.
So, great work on Kate's part making something that sounded great with my minimal instruction!

See you next week for Part 3!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 11 - Trumpet Song 1 - Work in Progress

Here it is folks! The first look at the upcoming trumpet song cycle.

I'm so excited for what this piece is becoming. It's been really fun working with Kate on the trumpet parts. It's always extremely gratifying to write music for such a skilled musician.


Next week we'll be working on the 2nd song/2nd section of the work. Time to experiment with some electronics  >:)
(That is supposed to be a devious smiley face if any of you are wondering...)

Until then,


Sunday, March 13, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 10 - Whirlwind

To me, "whirlwind" not only describes the feeling of this little ditty, but also the way the year has been flying by. Double digits! Week 10 is here!

I've already begun laying down some trumpet ideas to go with this piece. This will be song 1 of the trumpet song set. I believe last week's will end up being song 3, and the week before that will be song 2. Time permitting, Whirlwind may also make a reprise as a 4th song to close out the song cycle.

Looking forward to working on this project more and sharing the final product as part of The New Ruckus series at Studio Z in St. Paul on April 12th with Kate DeVoe Schumann on trumpet.

See you next week!