Looking For Planes – Looking

This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0275: Revisit Something.

When I decided to start writing music again the first piece I envisioned was Looking For Planes, a reference to my granddaughter’s fascination with airplanes. The initial attempt ran out of steam and I shelved it, working on other things. With reflection I came to realize that I had not so much run out of ideas but that I needed bookends to what had been written.

This short piece is an introduction to the full piece, which I will return to, and will follow that with a coda.

This piece is written for two pianos.

Looking For Planes – Looking

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Rory Tory Accompanied

This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0274: Broken Sound

1. vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear.
2. sound produced by continuous and regular vibrations, as opposed to noise.
Together this gives us, “Vibrations that travel through the air or another medium produced by continuous and regular vibrations, as opposed to noise.”

Broken sound would be a genre where sound is interrupted by noise. Instead of this being a competition between the two or one getting in the way of the other, this piece has the two working together.

In 1976 I created a number of piece of music using the only tools available to me at the time, two reel-to-reel tape recorders. Rory Tory is the only piece that survives today and is a little over 45 minutes in length. I have taken a section near the end of the piece and given it accompaniment by flute, two clarinets, horn and bassoon.

Rory Tory Accompanied
Electronic component

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This was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0272.

This is the shortest piece I have written for the Disquiet Junto project, clocking in under two minutes. My original idea was quite different, but things forced me in another direction. While I could have gone on longer, I figured that I had already said what I wanted to say before allowing everything to get out of control.

The ratios employed took me to using the notes C, Db, D, F, B and D. I added D, B, D, C, Db and D as a following sequence to tidy things up.

This was written for Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Timpani, Cymbals, Vibraphone and Harp and the score is available at http://bit.ly/2nvNgFB


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Fugue For Bassel Khartabil

The request this week (Prison Sky: Disquiet Junto Project 0271) is a piece to remember Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian Syrian open-source software developer who has been in captivity since 2012, and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

The piece was originally going to be a dance but as I started writing it turned itself into a fugue (I am breaking a number of rules here but that is the best description I can offer).

The piece is scored for Saxophone Quartet (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) and Bass Clarinet.

Fugue For Bassel Khartabil

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Lonely Solo

Daniel Diaz’s lovely piece, Lonely Duo was written with the intention of a collaboration so took it upon myself to provide a backing for the ukulele. In the original there is more to the piece than the simple uke so give it a listen, but I enjoyed the chance to add something simple to something I feel should remain simple.

The available score, written for string quartet, accompanies the sound file.

Lonely Solo
Score (my portion)

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sb 5 Part 2

This piece was written for Disquiet 0270: Completed a Duet.

The idea was to work in a collaborative way with a piece written by someone else selected at random. I drew sb 5 by William Boldenweck (wonderful video of the piece).

I decided to score my portion of the work for woodwind quartet (flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon).

sb 5 Part 2
Score (my portion)

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The Day Begins in Crisfield

This piece was written for Disquiet 0269: Record Half a Duet.

One morning while my wife was visiting family I woke at 4am. It was one of those instances where I knew that I would not be going back to sleep again so I got dressed, put my camera in my car and made the three hour trip to Crisfield, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

I arrived just a bit after 7am, which was about the time the sun rose, so I used that to ease myself into the day, set up my large format camera, and photographed the water.

This piece is about the presence of the sun beginning the day in that location.

The Day Begins in Crisfield

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