Musical sketching ..
I have several hundreds instrumental music sketches
Whilst the pieces move in mood and character chronologically, they also move as the locations, times of composition, work situations and the places of composition all change - and also influence them
(perhaps surprisingly) there is a definable character generally to be found in the various groupings - that indicate a convergence of all the attendant influences
The environment sounds are a big influence .. years of living around the country, with many different but relatable birds, enviro sounds, special places
There are general description added to assist (?) selecting .. these include are 'ambient' (space); band, tribute band, ensemble; solo (usually piano); sound-picture (combines music and nature); thematic, anthematic;
'stings, beds, atmos' (punctuations, backdrops, scene-setters)
Here's a start !
sketches from 1996 on ..
happy thematic, prc ensemble
raucous and loud
'ded cat bounce' - economic term
loud prc and pno
'al-gor rhythm' - busy 'round' from 'economics-stupid' times
The musical sketches are listed by number (9724 for ex) with a brief description of character
The numbers are chronological - listed by date of recording; the first two (eg 97) being year and following two (eg 14) being the piece # in that year
<<< about 28 years ago
last year >>>
Older pieces - composed, created and/or recorded for dance, commercial program, soundtrack for film and video, installation, museum and several early cassette and then cd releases - are all ‘audio only recordings’ ..
the original tapes and/or duplicating ‘masters’ have long gone, or the original sequences are un-reproducible
These are some that have been re-mastered for current replay technology - made about as best as I can get them ..
a lot have been used in (other peoples) sampling, many nature sounds been added to other peoples music for background (nature) atmosphere
Look to the individual 'release' pages (eucalypt, coranderrk etc) for more tracks and stories
older audio tracks from cassettes, dance, project, performance, radio
eucalypt was made for children's dance 1985, aust nature sounds & music pieces
eucalypt .. programfor young children - thru' to teenage dancers
happy piece for nature sounds and music, originally on 'vtab' cassette
veronica takes a bath, sounds of water, shower, children play in bath
no standing room only - punky piece, lots radio gravel and crashes, vtab cassette
moonlight salada, around round, electronic, vtab cassette
'Eucalypt' is re-released on cassette !
'veronica takes a bath' won a prize for radiopnonic works in 1985, it was originally made as a commercial soundtrack for showing (bath) towels in huge shop ..
released on cassette of same name
older audio tracks from dance, project, video, film, performance, radio
errant chrysanthemum - electronic 'round'
short whimsical tune
run, scurry, desert animals, music for soundtrack
sad theme for ensemble
electronic sequence, round, mechanical .. work
These pieces were recorded 'to tape' .. and date from 1980s thru 1990s into 2000s
They include tracks from cds and cassettes, plus soundtracks for radiophonic, museum, installation, performance and plain fun experimenting
selected audio tracks from library music sketches
travelling piece, didj & drift
'gumung' (magpie geese) - happy piece for epno & prc
'bauhinia street' - happy choon for walk
'flying - good for finding lost children'
pno travelling thru' landscape, thematic
'plickety' - prc and sine colors
I used write pieces out in 'notation' once - in trying to assist remembering the gist of what was being 'extemporised' (composing working music around/within a theme) for a situation, dance, play, theatre, performance, soundtrack .. this being very slow
The answer (for me) came along in the form of digital sequences which, after a time of development, allowed an unrestricted explore of timbre (colours/colors, pitching, scaling) and complete freedom to ‘go for it' (mood, feel, performance)
Recording as a compositional process - became the idea sketching - became a developing piece .. that could be instantly played back, updated, dumped (often!), saved, revisited (maybe then dumped!) .. the best kept and revisited from time to time
This process was described as my ‘painting with sounds’ approach by a critic many years ago