alyosha's dream

Sometimes, I find old drafts of things I worked on and left to never really do anything with, and this is one of them. I think this was intended to be a track I was going to work on with a friend of mine who was going to add his own sections to it, but we never got around to seeing it come to fruition.  its a pretty neat rhythmic track, regardless of that, and all of the sounds (sans drums) were sampled from old electronic records.

Potentially is a truism by now, but whenever a bunch of little kids are causing a commotion in public, their leader is inevitably always named Mikey and either isn’t wearing a shirt or is wearing a basketball jersey.

a fun little battle theme idea I made tonight, transcribing sheet music made me want to compose something for practice. it didn’t turn out too bad for one of my first attempts at composing directly in ableton with written notes only.

new thing I worked on today. I think the textures turned out pretty cool. I haven’t made a beat in ages, so this was really fun to work on again and have some fun writing grooves.

G.P. da Palestrina - Missa Brevis (The Tallis Scholars)

The Tallis Scholars, from what I have heard so far, are the apex of Palestrina renditions. Their cadence and timbres are so celestial and comforting compared to some rather rigid choirs I’ve heard.  I’m beginning to appreciate true minimalistic art in the sense of music similar to this; there are very few notes overall in these religious compositions of this era, but there is so much gotten out of each and every note by Palestrina’s masterful knowledge of harmony, counterpoint, and melody. Making notes feel important on their own is a difficult task at any stage of  music creation, so I find there is a lot to learn within these older pieces of making such efficient use with so little at your disposal.

Robert Schumann - Missa Sacra in C minor, Op. 147: I. Kyrie

I transcribed the ballet from act 1 of Gluck’s “Orphee  et Eurydice” into ableton.

This was a quick transcription into ableton last night after work, which only took about an hour or so due to how relatively simple the sheet music for it was. This is G.P. da Palestrina’s “Magnificat, Tone 1”, which on synths sounds less like a sacred piece and more like the opening to a 80s space videogame.

"Never help to circulate bad compositions; on the contrary, help to suppress them with earnestness. You should neither play bad compositions, nor, unless compelled, listen to them." - Robert Schumann in "Advice to Young Musicians"

I had a lot of fun transcribing that Schubert piece the other day, and I want to continue transcribing pieces to synthesizers for practice and to improve my knowledge. If any of you were interested, once I have enough of them finished, I could upload them as a collection to download for those of you who enjoy synth music. I was probably going to transcribe a lot of pieces I haven’t heard before to be suprised as to what they sound like, so it wouldn’t be a by the numbers Top 100 Classical Pieces type deal. I think it would also be a great, easy way to get people to try and explore classical music more. Would any of you be interested in such a thing in the future?