Monthly Archives: August 2013

As you all may or may not know, I am trying to get funding to start an elementary school band in my school.  We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support.  You can see the latest projects.  The experience inspired me to write a composition for the occasion, and give my students an opportunity to really interpret music, and not just listen to a recording and mimic it.

The working title is An Epic Journey (I’m so bad at titles).  The first section of the piece is an uptempo, two-beat number featuring the low brass later in the piece.  The first melody is featured in the flutes, French Horn, Oboe, and the glockenspiel.

Here is the main theme for measures 1-10.  Take notice that the phrasing in the melody is asymmetrical (four measure antecedent, six measure consequent).  In a previous version, the melody was harmonized with a drop 2 voicing, and ends with a drop 2 and 4 voicing.  As you can see, I’ve changed that to make it a little thinner in harmony, and texture.  As noted before, the melody is in the flutes, oboes, and French horn.

The accompaniment is in the saxophones, playing a staccato-eighth note figure, and spread out in mostly sixths.  This accompaniment keeps the piece moving forward.  The snare drum and bass drum compliments this figure.  The two-beat feel is in the low brass, bassoon, and bass clarinet.  I tried to vary the bottom-end by mixing in thick and thin textures.

An Epic Journey - condensed score, highlighting the melody in blue.

An Epic Journey, mm. 1-10 , highlighting the melody in blue. (Condensed Score)

Stay tuned for another analysis of a different section.

Update!

I’ve been in retro-music mode.  Today, I’ve listened to complete albums by Bouncing Souls, Bad Religion, Unwritten Law, Lagwagon, and 88 Fingers Louie, and T.S.O.L.  Rockin’ out hard – pretty rad.

I went Salant Studio to cut some drum tracks, but I’m not going to tell you what they are for yet.  I’ll be going back in a few weeks to complete my project, and also co-producing a friend’s  new material.

So, my pal Josh Salant, who owns the studio, has a nice set up, and I’m taking his idea.  I’ve rearranged my room to accommodate my Pro Tools rig again.  I’ve purchased monitor stands for my studio monitors and I’m looking into getting a swivel, wall mount for my TV/Computer monitor.  The computer monitor will float above my Macbook Pro monitor.  It’ll look sick.