I was very ill since Christmas of last year (2015).
i wanted to announce that I am now almost fully healed, (a bit of anxiety since my foot fracture) and will be participating in discussions again.
Do feel free to follow me, add me on Skype, etc, I would love to hear from all my NG friends. Also @sleepfacingwest
Love you guys!
Frootza/Murph/Biciuin (thats my nickname)
Jam ON!! :)
The genre of "pop punk" will be making an arrival soon.
The genre is generally filled with such emotive lyrics from a male perspective, but generally allows females who listen to it to learn from these ideas, and likewise enjoy them too.
Here is a quick example of one of my favorite bands performing what I would consider to be a band that hit the wave of pop punk during a perfect time.
See how much fun they are having? But they aren't hurting eachother. Messiing up is okay because it's all about staying POSITIVE (youposibro?) and it's all about just dancing and having fun with whoever you are witth.
There is no shame in admitting you like simple catchy music.
I just got a new laptop, it's a total flying machine!
It took me a while to save but its a 2TB beast which is just what I need!
Getting used to FL 12 since I was stuck on 10 but as you know I'm a quick study!
Hope everyone has been well :)
Hi guys so this is what has been new. Haven't had time to contribute to the Newwwwgrounds recently. But in a nutshell...
* Working at a really nice studio now. It's awesome! Learning a lot here. Amazing people to learn from.
* New five piece band, helping with some songwriting and also going to record a little concept album in another studio and see where it goes from there. Talented dudes!
* Working like mad in addition to holding the studio job and the projects together.
Hope you are all doing well! Sometimes you just have a lot to do!
Take a Break
That is my advice, truly. If you are writing non stop, and reach a creative block, it is, in my opinion, your brain's way of telling you to slow down so it can rewire itself.
Go outside, and just ponder music. You will find inspiration in the strangest of places. Quick example...
I was writing some music with my drummer at his place. We took a break to just sit and think. I listened to his fan banging rapidly against his dresser and it had a fast tempo and unique rhythm. So, we decided to run with it and came up with some tasty music.
So, in summary, don't forget to take breaks, you will let your brain refocus when you go to compose again.
Detailed posts arriving shortly, hang tight guys!
Composition Advice (#4)
Karnatic Rhythmic Subdivision ***
Karnatic subdivision is a really interesting concept to delve into. I first heard this kind of music when I would listen to artists like Ravi Shankar, and first seen it live when I went to a Diwali festival with an unbelievable Sitar and Tabla player who were writing their own music and playing some classical standards too.
Karnatic Subdivision is found in Classical music in Southern India. What fascinates me about it, well one of the things anyway, is how they can seamlessly transition between these very intricate time changes. I'm going to attempt to explain this as simply as I know how, though I might expand on this later with notation *Yoink, I did, it's at the bottom! *
You can also include KS in Western music! It isn't restricted to that region, and certain artists have began implementing these rhythmic techniques into their playing.
You have probably heard of a triplet, sextupet, nontuplet even. This, in it's most basic sense, is what karnatic subdivision is. In fact, if you look at a Whole Note, you have probably heard a whole note like this. Speaking in 4/4 time.
Whole Note: 4 Beats
Quarter Note Expressed:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Simple right? It isn't as hard as you would think, but counting it can get very difficult.
*This simple form of subdivision is referred to as Chatusra*
My point being is that when we begin so subdivide beyond this, it starts to look a little bit different. To elaborate...
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
This is the basic triplet illustrated textually, where each set of three (123) is linked to 1, 2, 3 and 4 (beats) respectively. *This is known as a Tisra in Karnatic music*
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
This would be a quintuplet. Again, the subdivision going to the quarter notes. *This is called the Khanda in Karnatic music.*
*Misra is 7
Sankirna is 9
Tisra second speed is 6
Chatusra is four
Chatusra half speed is 2
Chatusra second speed is 8*
In order to start implementing this into your own musical writing and playing, it might be a good idea to practice counting these subdivisions to a metronome, as slowly as possible at first. The reason being is because you need to be able to feel the subdivisions of the beat, as they aren't going to be handed out to you like they usually are with a metronome or a drummer.
BEYOND the basic subdivision, are the permutations of the beats themselves. By that I mean, you can still count the subdivision, but it doesn't mean that your notes must fall on the subdivision since you can rest, and play with the note order while still subdividing the beat.
I'm not an expert on Karnatic musicby any stretch (yet!), as I've just discovered it recently and have began studying it recently as well. But, I do hope that you found this read interesting and may consider implementing some of these concepts into your own writing as well.
Take care! I'm going to be including a quick illustration of KS at the bottom, or somewhere in this newspost for you guys to peruse. Later I might delve into sequencing KS (which can be tricky), but as I was writing this I thought it would be more useful to explain these concepts first. Enjoy, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. This is not a subject that can be so easily glanced over in my opinion, and takes time to understand and implement into your own playing and writing.
Pretty cool example of some of this stuff being utilized in a jazz-improvisational format.
The Neopolitan Chord.
All you need to know about it.
Composing Advice #2
Beyond the Limitations
In my first news post, I shared a few tips that I've come across in my own study of orchestration in regard to writing parts that can be played by live musicians. If you know have listened to any of my work that has been performed live, you probably know that I write some bizzare and intricate music. I do try to push the boundaries of what I write and push the players that I write for. Sometimes what has been written, even by a world class composer, is just not playable because of minor mistakes, deadlines, or an inexperienced ensemble. The composer's mistakes will have to be fixed by the conductor, or the ensemble itself.
This recently reminded me of a musical term called "scordatura".
"Scordatura, is a tuning of a stringed instrument different from the normal, standard tuning. It typically attempts to allow special effects or unusual chords or timbre, or to make certain passages easier to play."
For guitar, as I'm sure most of you know, it is pretty simple to detune, or use alternate tunings while performing. For other "orchestral" instruments, it isn't quite so simple to do IN practice.
Asking a Violinist to tune their high E string up a whole step is not particularly a good idea. Those things break, and when they break, it isn't as non-chalant as a guitar string break. It's kind of like having your tire 'POP' while on a highway. It's frightening, and it can and will hurt if the string hits the player (especially in the eye!).
What we tend to forget is that these string instruments are quite expensive by comparison to common rock instruments (for a high quality instrument). While talented players are often very familiar with the intricacies of caring for their instrument, less experienced players are commonly not. So, by asking one to detune their entire instrument for a single performance, we will be affecting the said instrument's intonation. In addition, sight reading can become more difficult since the finger positioning gets altered. With it comes many problems that performers would prefer not to deal with and likewise the conductors themselves.
There is most definitely a time and a place for utilizing scordatura in your compositions, but if you are going to do it, make sure that you do so for a composition that is going to make GOOD use of the scordatura.
If you have sparse measures where your Contrabass dips down to a Cb, consider re-arranging these parts. This is a bad useage of scordatura.
If you are utilizing scodratura for effects, or you truly need to have a specific interval or chord played that cannot be performed any other way... then, go for it! Just do a bit of research first into compositions that have utilized it before as a reference point. This, I would consider to be good usage of scordatura.
Repairing your Work
It isn't that difficult to spot the unplayable, but those of us who use step sequencers may come across this problem more often than those who write directly into notation software. Here are a few ideas you might consider to repair your work...
1) Key Change--Up or Down. It is often the most simple to get the parts within range if your part has dipped above or below. Also, the simplest method.
2) Physical edit--Sometimes the part you have doesn't really need to be played as high as you have it. Try another melody that still compliments the other parts you wrote, without taking away from what you want the listener to experience when hearing your work.
3) Revamp--Obviously this method takes the most time, but it is possible indeed. The need for revamps usually will take place between a Violin and Viola part, or a Cello and Contrabass. The confusion of the range of these instruments is where most mistakes come into play. Where it gets tricky is when you need to add an extra musician to accomplish your work. It can be as simple as switching your Viola part to a Violin, or your Cello to a Contrabass etc. You might also consider splitting the voicing for your Celli to pick up the under-range that the Viola can't play. If your work demands the voice to be heard, let it be heard.
4) Split Voicing--In orchestras there is more than one player for a designated instrument (unless you are writing for a small ensemble). If you expect an entire Violin section to bow over three strings with ease, in the same manner you would play a Ukelele, you might be asking for a little too much. Try splitting the part between the 1st and 2nd Violins. Or perhaps you could just be clear in your notation that the passage that is about to be played should be played by multiple players within the section. The first char might take the top note, second chair the middle, and so on. This makes the more difficult passages easier to manage for everyone.
Hopefully this gives you guys something interesting to consider when writing your next composition or reviewing one of your old compositions.