Monday, 30 April 2018

About time: A study on creativity.






"About Time" is a sketch piece.  I am fairly happy with it, but it does not achieve what I would like to achieve in the long run.  One Lecturer in Musicology once said that researching in the digital age is harder than previous times.  It used to be that Composers would correct their hand written work.  Researchers from future generations could look at the corrections and chart the development of the Composer.  With digital composition deleting and over-writing means that we only see the end result.  I am letting you hear this so that you a) see that Composition is a process: that your work is not complete is part of the creative process.  Don't get down hearted, and b) my Blog acts as a diary of my development.

A potted History of Music might look like this:

Renaissance learn about notes sounding good when melodies are played together.
Baroque learn about notes sounding good when melodies are played together and develop decoration.
Classical notes sounding good develops from Melody into Harmony.
Romantic Harmony is developed by stretching the limits of is considered "Relational".

Music is about sounds that relate to each other.  The is called Syntax.  Quoting Jarvis - from the Iron Man Trilogy - we note a syntax error, "Physically I'm fine, but there must be something wrong with my speak protocols.  I get to the end of a sentence and then I say the wrong Cranberry".  No word is wrong, in itself.  It is its relationship with what surrounds it which makes it Syntactically incorrect.  If and English Teacher were to ask, "Why did you write that word?!"  The question would make sense.  As Music Teachers, we ask, "How does that note make sense?"  This question is a little confusing.  It is a shortened version of the question, "How does your note choice make syntactic sense?"  In the beginning stages of Performance, this normally relates to fluency.  As a Composer of Post Twentieth Century Music syntax is of prime importance.

By the time the Twentieth Century comes along, we had learned a great deal about Melody and Harmony.  Whether the Serialist Music of the Second Viennese School or the Minimalist Music which followed it, music of the Twentieth Century becomes concerned with Timbre.  

Timbre is the quality of sound which is produced by a note.  A note consists of three elements: Timing Tuning and Timbre.  Timing may be thought of as the x axis on a graph and Tuning, the y axis.  Timbre is the intersection between the two.

"About Time" contains much of what I have to say about the placement of a note.  I Compose with effects which produce differing timbrel characteristics depending on the Timing or Tuning of the note.

I present "About Time" to illustrate that creativity is an on going process.  Subscribe to the Blog and see how my voice develops.  This may encourage you in the development of your voice.   


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