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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

water bird lagoon

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 ..

9620 happy
00:00 / 00:31

happy thematic, prc ensemble

9614 ded cat
00:00 / 00:30

raucous and loud

'ded cat bounce' - economic term

9724 30
00:00 / 00:31

loud prc and pno

9722 busy
00:00 / 00:31

'al-gor rhythm' - busy 'round' from   'economics-stupid' times

9712 pno & sex
00:00 / 00:31

thematic duet

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

peter mumme lamington

<<<   about 28 years ago

                              last year   >>>

peter mumme

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

euc treasures
00:00 / 00:32

eucalypt was made for children's dance 1985, aust nature sounds & music pieces

euc water
00:00 / 00:31

eucalypt .. programfor young children - thru' to teenage dancers 

metafork 40
00:00 / 00:41

happy piece for nature sounds and music, originally on 'vtab' cassette

00:00 / 01:01

veronica takes a bath, sounds of water, shower, children play in bath

no standing
00:00 / 00:31

no standing room only - punky piece, lots radio gravel and crashes, vtab cassette

00:00 / 00:31

moonlight salada, around round, electronic, vtab cassette

'Eucalypt' is re-released on cassette !

It is sold thru' SHE Ye Ye in Japan and Jed in USA or me - as a download .. see here

'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 chrys
00:00 / 00:31

errant chrysanthemum - electronic 'round'

suite 5
00:00 / 00:38

short whimsical tune

00:00 / 00:30

run, scurry, desert animals, music for soundtrack

00:00 / 00:31

sad theme for ensemble

work 30
00:00 / 00:30

electronic sequence, round, mechanical .. work

00:00 / 00:31

mild drama

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

0105 30
00:00 / 00:31

travelling piece, didj & drift

0108 30
00:00 / 00:31

'gumung' (magpie geese) - happy piece for epno & prc

0421 30
00:00 / 00:31

'bauhinia street' - happy choon for walk

0610 30
00:00 / 00:31

'flying - good for finding lost children'


0124 30
00:00 / 00:31

pno travelling thru' landscape, thematic

0532 30
00:00 / 00:31

'plickety' - prc and sine colors

kookaburras qld

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

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