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January 11, 2009

The Big Bad Wolf

Filed under: Composition,orchestral,strings,woodwind — steve @ 8:37 pm

This piece was meant to be a fugue, but you get what you get when composing stuff and this is how this one turned out. Sort of made me think of a treacherous, conniving creature so it has been titled “The Big Bad Wolf” rather than “Not really a fugue in B minor, originally in A minor”. All instruments from Independence 1.5 except for the timpani from Garritan Personal Orchestra…

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January 10, 2009

Atonal

Filed under: Composition,orchestral,piano,strings — steve @ 10:25 pm

Atonal [without tone or key - even though this is based loosely in C] is an intuitive expressionistic piece I ‘wrote’ in 1997/98. At the time I was using Emagic Notator Logic on a Macintosh [heaven forbid] and this piece was created by running the mouse cursor up and down a virtual keyboard – sounds easy but trying to recreate the procedure was not at all easy – in fact it was a down-right disaster! Anyways, I split the resulting MIDI file up and came up with this – one of my most favourite compositions of all time. So expressionistic was this piece that it fitted hand-in-glove with Edwin Lynch‘s “Psycho DA-DA” – coincidently also one of Anna Brockway‘s favourite short films of all time! :)

Anyhow, this is a re-recorded version (Jan. 2009) using Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO). Was going to try Yellow Tool’s Independence 1.5 however that has no solo strings – and GPO sounds fine for fast pieces – not so good on long sustained/drawn notes though…

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January 8, 2009

The Hunt

Filed under: brass,Composition,orchestral,strings,woodwind — steve @ 4:06 pm

An orchestral arrangement inspired by going to the Vienna Pops Concert on New Year’s Eve – though inspired by orchestral arrangements than rather what they played on the night – I just wanted to do an orchestral piece and this is what came out of. A sort of question/answer piece – imagine the hunting party chasing a fox who is wise to their machinations – so it is a happy hunt as no animals get injured during the chase – and no animals were injured during the making of this production!

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December 28, 2008

C-G-Bb-F – full orchestra version

Filed under: classical,Composition,orchestral,piano — steve @ 2:23 pm

A full orchestra version of the previous “C-G-Bb-F” composition. Replaced the ‘retro’ arpeggiator sound with arpeggiated piano. All instruments from Yellow Tools Independence 1.5 apart from the Harp from Garritan Personal Orchestra…

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