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This is scored for two alto recorders, one bass recorder, and one contrabass recorder. The slightly unnatural sound comes from the fact that I let Logic speed it up from 70 bpm to 80.

I had some things in mind when I wrote this, but in the end none of it showed through, which is usually the way it goes with me.

Sound file: https://soundcloud.com/vicdiesel/all-the-tea-in-china

Score (which I can't seem to upload here): https://www.dropbox.com/s/ldh7k98bnpm2de9/teahouse-score.pdf?dl=0

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For some reason my browser wouldn't open the link. I went to your SC account and accessed it that way.

I copied the link directly from SC here- https://soundcloud.com/vicdiesel/all-the-tea-in-china

I dunno. Looks like the same link. FWIW I'm using Chrome. 

This tune has nice bones. I especially enjoyed the beginning portion that has a medieval feel to it. Mesmerizing listen.

In a few places this piece seems to get caught in a circular pattern. Almost like the flute is looped. Maybe a few minor changes to the upper part for variation would help to break that up.

Nice work on this.

Fixed the link. Not sure how it got corrupted. Web editors trying to be too smart for their own good.

Thanks for listening and commenting.

Part Renaissance, part Phillip Glass I think.  I really like the vocal quality of the lower instruments and the way they contrast with the higher voices. Players would have phenomenal lung capacity.  Nice work!

I'm getting Reich influences here as well. Some of the crunches remind me of Tippet's Ritual Dances in their energy.

Overall I like the pacing, however I would encourage exploration of a wider dynamic. I know that this group of instruments doesn't led itself easily to contrasting volumes, but contrasting dynamics would add to the overall timbre of the piece and increase the tension towards the end.

Your score is well presented, although as a performer I'd be having words with you over the time signature changes!! 7/4 to 5/2 (letter H) would make me weep in recital. Not sure why you increased the bpm digitally, don't think it needed it to improve the performance.

I started out with a medieval feeling, but that's just the instruments talking. The music is much more contemporary. I think we'll be hearing more of this. Thanks for posting.

Interesting you should mention Reich. I've actually recycled some of the material into a second composition without the very low voices (using 2 Altos and 2 Tenors) that takes a phasing-like approach. I'm not sure what you hear in the current one though. My inspiration comes from electronic music, where you have these deep basses playing melody under sequenced top voices.

Crunches: I find that as long as you stay diatonic you can actually stack arbitrary intervals of recorders on top of each other.

Dynamics: I hear ya.

Hearing more of this: I should hope so. This was an entry in a composition. I'll let you know if it does anything.

Graeme Helliwell said:

I'm getting Reich influences here as well. Some of the crunches remind me of Tippet's Ritual Dances in their energy.

Overall I like the pacing, however I would encourage exploration of a wider dynamic. I know that this group of instruments doesn't led itself easily to contrasting volumes, but contrasting dynamics would add to the overall timbre of the piece and increase the tension towards the end.

Your score is well presented, although as a performer I'd be having words with you over the time signature changes!! 7/4 to 5/2 (letter H) would make me weep in recital. Not sure why you increased the bpm digitally, don't think it needed it to improve the performance.

I started out with a medieval feeling, but that's just the instruments talking. The music is much more contemporary. I think we'll be hearing more of this. Thanks for posting.

Update: This piece is my submission to the SRP composers competition. I made it to the finals. Winner to be determined in April.

Victor.

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