BEING ALICE - Ver. 2.0 purports to be the recently discovered musical manuscript that was meant to accompany the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. It is a theme and variations arranged for electronic orchestra.
In classical mythology, Syrynx /ˈsɪrɪŋks/ (Greek Σύριγξ) was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to a river's edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god's frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thenceforth known as Syrynx.
For its time quite out there - a classically based electro-acoustic group performing complex written scores (with many technical directions) - including challenging pounding poly-rhythmic passages - 7/8 against 7/4 at ferocious speeds. Was definitely pushing boundaries while hewing to the simple sentiments of the story. I can still remember Mike Lauren, our drummer, yelling out “ONE” and pounding out the downbeat trying to hold the ship together. Ultimately, it was a 30-minute, musical fantasy with grand operatic duets – Sally Jo Anderson’s Beauty matched against the Beast portrayed by my Lyricon. (The Christians Science Monitor described the work as “Music Tolkien might have written if he'd used a piano instead of a pen.”
This version is a studio recording I did a few years later on an analog 8 track tape recorder. The video was done in 2012-13, adding words and dance. One day perhaps we will resurrect “Beauty Beast” in live performance.
Impossible Music: Remember DOS... Three etudes using early DOS-based sequencer and notation software controlling a Proteus, an early multi-timbral sampler. 1. Based on a simple 4 bar ground bass. 2. Explores 10. (10/4 with 10/8). 3. Explores 13. (13/4 with 13/8).
Guinevere is 8 minute selection from an epic, 90 minute, dark and brooding music meditation on Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Morgan Le Fey, Maleagant and the many other characters of the Arthurian Romances. CIrca 1983.
This section features the March to Battle, The Conflict between the Forces of Good and Evil) and the Lament of the Dead. (All very Star Warish – though set in the early Middle Ages). A conglomeration of medieval music, electric rock and classical music. All done with my Teac 8 track tape recorder, Lyricon, Arp 2600, Oberheim, and Crumar synths, presynths and sequencers. All analog.
One day I may forge through the other 70 minutes to find out what is salvageable.
Painting by James Henry Draper
The Premise: What would the classics sound like in the future when played by Aliens from different planets.
OVERSPEED - Choreography by Martha Curtis; Music by Stuart Diamond
Performed by the students at Virginia Commonwealth University - Circa 1987
Created primarily eith a compact sequencer controlling ARP 2600 and perhaps an OB-1
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