variations on a lonely theme

May 18, 2011 Uncategorized

I like this piece a lot. So did the audience. Very few composers (and songwriters, for that matter) these days make full use of the bass guitar, and ones that do stand out to me. For this piece, I was focusing on complete destruction of the main theme I had written, both in the classical sense and in new ways. All the electronic sounds are sampled from the original recording I made of the theme – thus, I am making use of as much of the theme as I can.

I also like to loop things (thank you Steve Reich). I tend to do this frequently in the music I write, with the hope of something interesting coming out of it. Two sections of this piece are almost entirely structured on looping, and how melodies change the perception of that loop.

Special thanks to Max/MSP for making this piece possible. Max/MSP is a really cool and insanely powerful piece of software that I like to use for performing music.

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