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Symphony No. 2: Ocean Symphony (First Draft)

This is my second symphony, subtitled Ocean Symphony. This is just the first draft so there is still a lot of editing needed to be done. The movements represent a depth zone of the ocean and are as followed:

  1. Epipelagic Zone
  2. Mesopelagic Zone
  3. Bathypelagic Zone
  4. Abyssopelagic Zone

Each movement is to represent both the marine life that inhabit each zone as well as the ocean conditions unique to each zone. 

Let me know what your first impressions are. 

PLEASE NOTE: this symphony has a great deal of extended techniques that could not be represented in the midi realization.

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Comment by Ty Wrage on March 15, 2016 at 7:44am

So far so good, right. I'm just about 8 minutes into it and I'm feeling a gentle breeze and hearing passing ships.  I like your subject title.  My kids are learning about the ocean zones in their studies now.  I can't wait to dive a little deeper.  40 minutes of music around a single set of ideas is an ambitious undertaking.  There's a lot of tone painting here which has to be a thoughtful process.  22  min in and we're running into various creatures of the deep and also moving through a lot of space. These are just impressions I'm taking away.  I'm hearing some places where you have developed a good dramatic tension.  Without being too consumer minded, I'd like to hear something I could leave the theater humming.  Hooks may be cliche, it's true, but that's their strength.  They are like memory indexes to remind you what you experienced.  35 min in or is that 3500 feet deep. Still liking your textures. I'm looking for the volcanic vents. I always wanted to write something of this size. thanks

Comment by DriscollMusick on October 15, 2015 at 8:14am

Tyler, stop feeding the troll, as they say.  I will, too.

Comment by Tyler Hughes on October 15, 2015 at 7:28am

You sure do love those Non sequiturs. And I never claimed anything in my music as sonic facts. As I said " I researched all of this before writing the first note, because I wanted the inspiration to come from the science itself, not just what I think the ocean is like."I don't insist on anything, I merely point out MY process. If that comes off as pretentious, thats merely a product of your own insecure mind. And this desire to point out others perceived pretentiousness seems to be a theme with you. You seem to only want to put everyone at your low level instead of just letting people be themselves. You claim to find lies, falsehoods, and pretentiousness in people you don't even really know. You make it your personal mission to try to shame people into submission if you perceive them as being uppity in anyway. But be my guest, you are not the first to call me pretentious based on what I do, what I like, and how I think. But if it brings a little light to your ,what I presume, gloomy sad life to continue on this crusade against uppityness, then by all means be my guest. Just know Im not going to engage in this pointless online flamewar on semantics and my personal word choice. You are not the one I need to find approval from. Its more shameful on my part to have participated in this, now going on several days, fruitless discussion with someone who merely wants to distract from the point of my personal blog to carry out some vindictive mission to point out others perceived flaws, no matter how small and insignificant they may be.  

Comment by Tyler Hughes on October 14, 2015 at 3:54pm

Because thats not the truth. Im not a lover of the ocean as I live in a mostly land locked area. They are not about regions of the ocean they are about depth zones that have names and characteristics. Im not romanticizing the ocean or glibly interpreting these zones, I'm researching them and trying to learn about them. And its "interpretation" should already be implied as it is MUSIC not marine biology. As others have pointed out, we don't assume Le Mer is a direct representation of the ocean because its MUSIC. The fact that its an interpretation is implied. Im not going to staple angler fish to my score, their motion is interpreted in the music and its implied that its an interpretation. 

Im not trying to impress anyone with ocean knowledge, I am merely pointing out the source material that brought about me writing this piece. I researched all of this before writing the first note, because I wanted the inspiration to come from the science itself, not just what I think the ocean is like. Water pressure, temperature, how creates move in the various zones, how light is disseminated, etc all went into how I wrote this piece. The science is well I drew my inspiration, not a passive Vivaldian looking out onto the sea inspiration.  

Its not putting on airs, its just stating facts on how I wrote this piece. 

Comment by Tyler Hughes on October 14, 2015 at 2:11pm
Exactly how is anything I post posturing? Am I not allow to have interest outside of music and incorporate them together? Or is it that I dare bring anything not directly related to music before your eyes that you find offensive.
Or perhaps it's just some schoolyard grudge you hold against me for calling you out for doing this same shit on a different day to someone else. Taking any chance to find fault I what ever I do just and exasperate it to no end, my word if I didn't know any better I would have swore I was talking to some 14 year old girl who's crush asked me to the prom. Tsk tsk tsk.
Comment by Tyler Hughes on October 14, 2015 at 1:41pm

Did you really just took the time to copy that just to carry on this pointless debate on semantics on how I choose to describe my music?

Thats sad bro, even for you.

Comment by DriscollMusick on October 6, 2015 at 7:04pm

I enjoyed this.  I thought the beginning was reminiscent (in a good way) of Arvo Part's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten.

Comment by Olmnilnlolm on October 4, 2015 at 7:12pm

Listening to the first movement, now, and I'm enjoying the varying textures and tone colors immensely.

I'm up to the drumming passage around 4:20.  


Thanks for posting this.

Comment by Erwin van Delft on October 4, 2015 at 5:35pm

I very much like the opening of the piece. I love the woods. The whole piece is good to listen to, or so I think. I like th style of this, anyway.

Comment by Rodney Carlyle Money on October 4, 2015 at 4:27pm
Rite of Spring meets Le Mer with touches of John Williams, Mahler, pointillism, and minimalism. My favorite parts were the low woodwind parts, the clarinet features, the tuba at the end, and when I could not tell what instruments were producing certain tone clusters for colors (maybe woodwinds and horns?)

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