Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Museday Tuesday

in which I have thirty minutes to write a thirty second song

Trifid: (adj.) Divided or cleft into three parts or lobes

My Composition (0:30 MP3)
Old Musedays:
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Obnoxiously
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Spikiest
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Dinkiest
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Museday Tuesday: it not only keeps my head in the composing game -- but also lets me learn new vocabulary words that no one would ever need, to be kept in store for the day that I write the great Asian-American novel or take the GREs again.

When this word came up, I immediately1 knew that it would involve a trio of some kind, and then decided that it would be a cliche contrapuntal jazz section building to the final chorus, using saxes, trumpets, and trombones as the three voices (because real trios are boring). However, with only thirty minutes to write, I knew I'd only be able to get one or maybe two iterations in before I ran out of time.

I started with a simple 12-bar blues harmony and a unision trombone/bass line. Pretending that it was already the second of three choruses in the contrapuntal section, I mixed trumpets in immediately, and then wrote the third chorus with saxophones on top, while the other two instruments contrapunt like an insane kicker in the fourth quarter.

This one was fun to write!

1: immediately after looking up the word


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