I finally sat down and listened to your Symphonie Nr. 1 Zweiter Satz. I enjoyed it a lot. It contained a lot of dissonant elements but I easily accepted that quality on an emotional level. The overall texture was very pleasant and 'open'. It was not overly dense. I feel like I was back in the forest again. I appreciate your choices in instrumentation. I felt like I was moving through an interesting landscape. The structure is a bit perplexing and I like that. :) Keep up the good work!
Hi Rudi. Yes- I like Soundcloud because...it looks cool, and it shows the waveform, it's big, and tells me how many times the tune has been played. I got the Soundcloud idea from my friend's page- Ray Kemp.
What are you working on now? Today I am at the DAW, recording and arranging two compositions that I will soon submit to my drummer on Nantucket, MA.
I love the unpredictability of your pieces. The blend of major and minor scales, if I am correct, is emphatic. By the word blend I mean the transition back and forth bet the scales. !! A brilliant soundscape!
Rudi, I loved your orchestration and cat-and-mouse quality of the instruments chasing one another. I thought more of a jungle or something prehistoric than a European forest (which always brings to mind Bambi, sorry). This was certainly not a tame pretty piece, but had a perilous-survival-of-the-fittest feel to it. I liked the whole tone scales, as it gave it an feeling of being out of the realm of civilization.
Thanks, Rudi ! Take your time listening to my new posts...They aren't all that impressive. Actually, ALL of the music I've posted except one ( the Piano-Trio movement ) was written at least a few years ago... I've started work on a new piece in a style completely different for me, but I'm having a very great deal of difficulty with it so far. Nothing seems to be working yet...
Hey, Rudi. Yeah, the Balinese-style piece is original, which I wrote for fun one night a long while back, as a break from something more serious I was attempting that same night. I really don't remember the instruments I used, either, its been so long...I'd have to check the disk to tell you, but...they sounded close enough to the genuine item to serve my purpose, and, yes, at least some of them were samples of actual Indonesian instruments. One major flaw in this short little work was that I left out the leading drum parts, which, as you may know, are the conductors of a gamelan orchestra, giving the other players their cues and such, etc. And I'd like to share an experience with you which I had during my second visit to the island in '92, which was one of the supreme musical treats of my life: I had struck up a conversation with a fellow on the beach in Sanur one day, and, the Balinese being the sort of people they are, before I knew it I'd been invited to come stay a few days with him and his family in the village of Gianyar, a little north of Sanur. As it turned out, that same evening there was to be a temple ceremony just down the path from his home, and the sort of one that few tourists are ever lucky enough to see. At this ceremony was an abbreviated gamelan ensemble of no more than 5 or 6 musicians...But, Rudi, being there in the flesh, standing RIGHT NEXT to them as they hammered out a fast-paced, war-like theme in support of the blood-sacrifice ( chickens, thank God...) for the temple was just beyond real description for me. You see, there's something I found out that night about gamelan music...When you're there, hearing it in person, you can COMPLETELY FEEL it throughout your entire body ! I mean, it just sweeps you away with the awesome force of it, and it truly hypnotizes you. It's no wonder to me they have so many trance dances over there. It's an experience I wish every musician/composer could have. As long as I live I will never forget it !
Thanks for listening. I listened to your work as well, and I think, wow! It is very sharp, intense, precise. Walpurgisnacht is vampire-esque, suspenseful;Twilight is pensive; Tritono con Parasol has a pointalistic lovely guitar sound. Love your work!
Fantastic music. Really interesting and engaging not just saying that. Be great to hear musicians playing it live! Love the more contemporary twits you contrast with older traditions and forms. You make it sound easiy!