Friday, December 05, 2014

Haiku of the day

The squirrels in my head
running and jumping around
what was I doing?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ballet Idea

I had the following idea for a ballet.

If you have time can you take a look at the following outline that I have created for a possible ballet. any feed back is welcome, good or bad.

Ballet – Outline – Title?

Scene 1: Curtain rises on a barren and desolate landscape, the full moon slowly raises over the distant barren mountains.

Scene 2: A group of grotesque demons enter and begin a wild a chaotic dance.

Scene 3: A young and nubile girl is doing water ablutions in an oasis in the barren land. Small strange and grotesque (reptilian?) creatures stand a watch over her as she does her ritual cleaning.

Scene 4: The small creatures begin to cavort and dance as the girl meditates (with her eyes closed) under the small waterfall that feeds the oasis.

Scene 5: Something startles the creatures and they scurry about before hiding behind various rocks that surround the oasis. The Girl remains undisturbed in her meditation, her eyes remain closed.

Scene 6: Enter the demons with their chaotic dance; at first they do not see the girl. Their dance comes to a sudden stop when they she her sitting under the waterfall.

Scene 7: They begin their chaotic dance against before rushing towards to girl to seize her. But they are unable to reach her as some invisible barrier shocks and burns them when they get too close; her eyes remain closed, her expression is one of peace and calm.

Scene 8: Frustrated the demons storm off. The girl opens her eyes and comes out of her mediation. Standing she beings to stretch and warm up (Katas ? []) as if preparing for something. Her small grotesque creature companions begin to do the same.

Scene 9: The demons return; they mock and taunt the Girl and the small creatures but do not approach them, the girl stands still immune to their taunts. The demons stop their taunting and scurry to one side their eyes downcast, as if they where afraid.

Scene 10: A large demon, “king” of the demons enters and approaches the girl. The takes up a defensive stance as if she is expecting to be attacked. The large demon is startled by the invisible barrier surrounding the grils that shocks and burns him, but it only a minor hindrance and he pushes through the barrier and attacks the girl.

Scene 11: As the girl and the large demon engage in combat, the small creatures and the other demons also begin fighting each other. Many of the small creatures and demons are seriously wounded or killed. The girl and the large demon inflict serious wounds on each other. Seriously (mortally wounded?) the girl lands one last blow on the large demon that destroys him; banishing him from the world. The few remaining demons flee in terror leaving their wounded and dieing comrades behind.

Scene 12: With her remaining strength the girl attends to her wounded companions; the small creatures. Pouring her power into them she heals all of them, even restoring ones that seem to have been killed. With her healing of the last creature she lays down right side, her head propped up by a smooth stone and apparently falls asleep.

Scene 13: The small creatures form a circle around the girl wait for her to awake. But it soon become clear that she will not awake. So the small creatures slowly begin to pile stones around and on top of her making a rough burial mound.

Scene 14: After the mound is finished, the creatures leave one by one. The full moon now sets in the distance west and the sky is filled with stars.

===   END   ===

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Impression No. 4

I finally had the needed time to work on Impression No. 4 this last weekend. Since my last update where I said I was 50 percent done with it, I had to ripped out about half of the done work and start over again. Impression No. 4 is by far the most complex of the movements. At this point I estimate that about 80 percent of the material for Impression No. 4 has been written and now it is just a matter of refining and polishing it before moving on to the recording and mixing of the piece.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Impression No. 3


Third in a planned set of five Impressions.

Intense, very fast, unrelenting.

Impression of what you ask? That is up to your mind and ears to decide. Listen to this piece in a clam and quiet spot, close your eyes and let the music take your imagination on a trip.

Impression No. 3

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Impression No. 2

Second in a planned set of five Impressions. Impression of what you ask? That is up to your mind and ears to decide. Listen to this piece in a clam and quiet spot, close your eyes and let the music take your imagination on a trip.


Impression No. 2

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Work on my set of musical impressions continues.  I am currently mixing Impression No. 2 and I have finished writting/composing Impression No. 3.  And I will begin mixing it after I have finished mixing Impression No. 2.

Impression No. 4 is about 50 percent written,  just need a block of several uninterrupted hours to finish it.  I have not yet begun working on Impression No. 5, which will be the last one in the set.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Impression No. 1

Impression No. 1

First in a planned set of seven Impressions. Impression of what you ask? That is up to you and your ears to shape. Listen to this piece in a tranquil and quiet spot, close your eyes and let the music take your imagination on a trip.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Eighty Five

Well I have started working on a new piece for big band. The “head” is in a standard AABA form, but with some of my particular peccadillos. In the A section every fourth Bar (bars 4 and 8) are in 5/4 time (the rest of the bars are in 4/4 time). And the B section is nine instead of the traditional eight bars long. The B section is also built on a Tone Row and Tri-Chords.

The A section features the Vibraphone over a four bar bass ostinato; id est the bass ostinato is a 17 beat pattern that is played twice in each A section. In the B section the tri-chord change every three beats; thus we have a “harmonic” rhythm of 3 beats occurring over four beats of the drums and the melody and results in us having a nine bars of 4/4 for the B sections (4 X 9 = 36: 36/3 = 12: 12 tone row played 3 times (O,R,I).

The working title is “One Eighty Five”.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The First Time I Saw Her

Well I have gotten tried of messing wiht the mix for this Frankenstein Piece of Music, so here in all of its imperfections is The First Time I Saw Her

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The First Time I Saw Her (Update)

Well I am the process of trying to get the balances better between all of the tracks.

I burned a test CD and put in the cat stereo yesterday. The problem is that I had let my son-in-law borrow the car and he had turn the bass all the way up, thus when the bass came in at bar seven it damn near rattled the car apart. :-)

Once I adjusted the bass it was fine, but there are several other places than need better balancing. I am working on it as fast as I can, but the wife has decided to do a major house cleaning and rearranging. The entire house is in chaos this week!

Monday, July 22, 2013

The First Time I Saw Her!

The current piece of music that I am working on is a bit of a Frankenstein Piece of Music. It is not about Mary Shelley’s Monster nor is it about Edgar Winter’s piece of that name; but from the fact that it comprises material from several pieces that that have written over the years.

The title comes from a set of theme and variations for piano that I wrote in the late 1970’s. And the six bar prelude (intro) of the piece is a re-orchestration of one of the variations. Other than the title and those six bars no other material from that piece is used. The bass line is derived from a common Baroque passacaglia pattern. In 3/2 meter the bass is laid over a six bar drum and bass patter in the drums. The main theme is a E minor pentatonic theme that I wrote for string orchestra when I was doing my music blog pieces in the winter of 2004/2005. The second theme is from a stench I had done last year (or the year before) but had never done anything with. The rest of the material comes from various fragments from by note books along with some new material (the 9/8 sections is new). I am still working on the mixing of the piece and I should have at least a rough mix within a week. A score will take a bit more time as another aspect of the Frankenstein nature of the piece is that only some of the music is currently in score format and some of it was directly played into Sonar so I will need to bring those bits back into Sibelius to get a final complete score, that is if I feel motivated to do so.

Stay tune and I will let know when there is something to listen to.

Ursus Demens