This is an experimental piece based on invertible counterpoint plus chromaticism.
I'll get the score up as soon as I finish figuring out how to import it into Sibelius and clean it up.
There are also pentachords a la organum.
I often delve into early forms of punctum contra punctum and rewrite history in order to see what comes out the other end.
This piece has the working title "lament", or "waah, waah, waah".
As I'm no longer able to hear what I've written so far with fresh ears, I'd appreciate some comments on how it strikes you on first hearing.
I listened to this about 6 times. At first, the 8th notes Bob referred to bothered me also, but then they grew on me as I heard how the piece was developing.
At about the 30 sec. mark, it sounds as if a voice just suddenly dropped out. (Hard to tell without a score). As the drone develops into a moving line, suddenly one of the voices seems to just disappear.
I hope you are planning on taking this work further. It has an interesting harmonic flow to it.
Ha-ha . . . then I'm in good company, Bob. They used to refer to composers like Stravinsky as belonging to the "cult of the wrong note".
Rationalisation is good! It means you can make sense of the music, even if I can't. :^)
Bob Porter said:
You listened to this 6 times??? Careful- I'm not insured for how this may affect you!
The "note dropping out" thing occurs where the pentachords stop. I haven't yet resolved what the pentachord voices will be doing.
It's a process of examining early organum, rewriting the rules slightly enough to produce a modern sound, while refraining from the temptation to fake it, otherwise I'd only be playing at tinkering with the underlying structure.
I have Boetheus' treatises on hand. Hindemith found ways to apply his theories. I'm not quite there, yet.
Tim Marko said:
Well this is frustrating. There's no option in Sibelius 6 to produce a PDF. The black in my printer is gummed up so I can't print anything right now. Gr-r-r-r. If I could print the score, I could make a jpeg and convert to PDF. All I can find on-line is a lot of complaining about Scorch. And the Sibelius publish website is kaputsky.
Toldja pen and paper was better.
Look up doPDF online. It's a pdf converter that gets installed as a printer. It will print everything you have to pdf and best of all, it's FREE!
Get a virtual PDF printer (I use CutePDF), install and use it. You print file from Sibelius as you normally would, except instead of choosing your printer as the device to be used, you pick CutePDF. It will output a PDF file.
I have no idea whether Sibelius has some other functionality relevant to the situation, but my solution is pretty quick and reliable :P
Thanks so much for your help, guys! It's much appreciated!
I was just showing the score to a friend of mine- a jazz player. The first words out of his mouth were, "That's all there is to it???" As though I'd killed the Easter Bunny. He's still playing it over and over again, switching from piano to organ. Driving me nuts. He keeps muttering, "But why does it sound like that?" He is persistent, I'll give him that :^)
I still have no idea what's he's on about.