Friday, February 22, 2008

Guitar piece, work-in-progress

It's been a while since I wrote a piece that's notated from start to finish... so I'm unduly proud of myself for taking the time to write this one out.

I'm working on a guitar piece that's going to be adaptable for a few different uses. First, it's performable as a solo for electric guitar and laptop, next it's got a version for electric guitar and electric piano, and finally I'm going to arrange the piano part so I can do this with my Low End String Quartet as well.

I made a mock-up recording of the guitar / piano version, and the draft of the score is posted too:

Audio: mp3
Score: pdf

Any ideas for the title? So far I've just been calling it "Rondo for Guitar" since that's the form of it. I think that's a boring title, though.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

DCIC rehearsal

A few nights ago, DCIC got together for a rehearsal. Sadly, it has been a few months since we played together, so there was much excitement.

I've been working quite a bit during the last several weeks on the business side of the group, trying to generate some media interest in our forthcoming album... hopefully we'll start to see some reviews in the next couple of months.

Well it sure was nice to get back into the music. Here's something we came up with. Be patient, the opening is populated mostly with skittery conversational stuff back and forth among the three of us, but wait for it... right about the three minute mark, a heavy rock thing comes out of nowhere and holds together pretty well for the next couple of minutes - up to the end of the track.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Political Song Cycle

I have an idea for a series of poems, possibly to be turned into some kind of song cycle or something? I'm not going to get to this for a while, so I'm publishing something here, now, so I can claim some kind of ownership of the idea. Mine:

So far, two poems to be written - titles:
1. "This is all Grover Norquist's Fault"
(probably about Republican's succesful strategy to win over working class by tricking them to vote against their own interests, especially by changing public perception of certain terms / language)
2. "Karen Hughes Blows my Fuckin' Mind"
(something about "how do you sleep at night" knowing that you are travelling the globe lying through your teeth, in order to support a policy platform of greed, inequality, and the weakening of actual democracy and freedom in so many ways)

As this takes shape I'll share what I've got...