Fighting The Default Mode

Fighting The Default Mode was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0321: Let’s Active.

Mind-wandering is an internally-oriented cognitive state somehow opposite to focused attention on a task or on a specific sensory input. Sad music, compared with happy music, is associated with stronger mind-wandering and greater activity of the nodes of the Default Mode Network. Thus, when listening to sad music, people withdraw their attention inwards and engage in spontaneous cognitive processes.

Make a short piece of music that decreases the mind’s tendency to wander, based on research by Dr. Liila Taruffi, PhD, and her colleagues. Recommended musical/acoustic features: bright timbres, high pitches, much pitch variability, rising pitch contour, fast tone attacks, medium-high sound level, very little microstructural regularity.

Fighting The Default Mode was written for Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Xylophone and Celesta.

Fighting The Default Mode
Fighting The Default Mode – Score

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Forms Of Japan

This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0320: Table of Contents.

  • Choose a favorite book.
  • Consider the tone, the temperament, and the content of each chapter in the book.
  • Compose a piece of music with as many segments to it as there are chapters to the book. Compose each individual segment with the idea that it is loopable as background music while someone is reading the given chapter. Consider making connections between chapters through melodic themes or instrument choice and so forth.

The book I am reading at the moment, Forms Of Japan, is by one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Michael Kenna. The images speak to the heart and soul of Japan in a way that allows the viewer to feel the emotional connections. The book is in five sections, Sea, Land, Trees, Spirit and Sky.

Forms Of Japan was written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Gong and Marimba.

Forms Of Japan
Forms Of Japan – Score

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Sleeping Children

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 215 – Night over.

  Night – over
  sleeping children,
  sound of the waves.

This is a haiku by the 20th century Natsume Soseki, one of the most influencial modern Japanese writers.

It is written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Sleeping Children
Sleeping Children – Score

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The Heavy Winter Sun Appears

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 214 – How heavy.

  How heavy
  on my eyes,
  the winter sun.

This is a haiku by the 20th century Takahama Kyoshi, author of over 200,000 haiku.

It is written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The Heavy Winter Sun Appears
The Heavy Winter Sun Appears – Score

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Autumn Storm

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 213 – Autumn Storm.
  Autumn storm –
  faces drawing close
  in candle-light.

This is a haiku by the 20th century poet Sekito.

Instead of writing storm music, I had more in mind the feeling of sitting inside with someone I love, watching the storm while protected.

It is written for Soprano, Alto and Bass Flute, Soprano, Alto and Bass Clarinet, and Cello.

Autumn Storm
Autumn Storm – Score

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Under A Winter Moon

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 212 – Under a winter moon
  Under a winter moon
  with shallow water
  a river flows

This is a haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi, an influential Japanese haiku writer active during the Shōwa period.

It is written for String Orchestra, Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet and Marimba.

Under A Winter Moon
Under A Winter Moon – Score

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Winterfylleth


My first album is finally live

You can listen free or support the artist. When you’ve got some time please sit back and give a listen, I’m really happy as to how it came out.

The scores for the four pieces are available at:
  Leaving My Thoughts
  Forest And Clearing
  A Week Unknown
  Winterfylleth

Cheers –

george

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