Progress Report for w/c 4/5/15 – ‘De-Composition’, ‘De-Harm./Re-Harm.’ and ‘Impressions’.

“There will be many other nights like this, And I’ll be standing here with someone new, There will be other songs to sing, Another fall, another spring, But there will never be another you.” ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon.   This week, I’ve been writing using a technique I learnt from Pete Churchill. ‘De-Composition’…

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Progress Report for w/c 27/4/15 – Kenny Werner On Randomness, Modal Harmony and Voice-leading.

“But my style shall be random, with the wisdom of the Dice”. Luke Rhinehart in the Preface to ‘The Dice Man’     My blog was launched last Mon 27/4 and I resumed work on this current project – writing music in keeping with the philosophy of Mugaritz – the following day. I’ll begin with an admission. I haven’t been taking my…

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Larson Exercise Six

“…Come and laugh at me whenever you feel like it. I like being laughed at. Why, when I started my morning exercises, half London used to come and roll about the pavements in convulsions. I’m not an attraction any longer, and it makes me feel lonely. There are twenty-nine of those Larson Exercises, and you only saw part…

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Plum On Productivity #3

“(1) I now write stories at terrific speed. I’ve started a habit of rushing them through and then working over them very carefully, instead of trying to get the first draft exactly right…”   from a letter to Bill Townend from P.G. Wodehouse dated 28th Feb 1920 Two constants in my daily routine are Michael Brecker and P.G. Wodehouse. Without fail…

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Challenge #1 – Mugaritz Music

Let’s imagine that in a parallel universe we are one of the three Masterchef contestants. We are sent to Mugaritz and challenged to create a dish in keeping with Andoni Aduriz’ philosophy. However, in this alternate reality, the kitchen is not producing things to see, smell, feel and taste but is churning out sounds. The final product will…

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If Food Be The Music #2

“In this stunning restaurant in the Basque Country, complete with vast vegetable gardens, chef Andoni Aduriz likes to play with nature, time and emotions.” 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die I’d be a chef if I wasn’t a musician. They’re pretty much the same thing to me. In jazz we make real-time choices…

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Pretty, Mental Music (and whatnot) #1.

“…Now could I drink hot blood And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.  Soft, now to my mother”. Hamlet 3,2.   Why a blog? Why NOW? Obsessive, compulsive, addict, perfectionist, control freak, neurotic. These qualities don’t just result in remarkable chops and an arresting Tinder profile. There’s a downside…

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