Great, great -- more like this -- I can name none of the time signatures. AHHHHH! Sounds live, which I prefer anyway -- is it, or is this studio magic? If it's live, what exactly are the drums that you're using?

Might be my favorite of yours so far that I've heard, except that it's not really long enough...

I've been messing around with some microtonal, microtemporal concepts myself the last week or two. If you're feeling adventurous, feel free to check this one out: http://www.feed-forward.net/w.4328_Celebration_of_Benci_part_1_Warning_Expe_ warning it's a little hard on the ears, heart, soul, etc....

Thanks again :)
 Jun 12, 2012, 21:18 EDT
Ian MacPhail 
Starts in 4, goes to 7, back to 4, then to 5, then 7, then 9.
Yeah, it's live - well it was recorded in a shack with a canon G10.

Hi-hat, snare, floor tom, two congas. They're arranged in a T shape, so both players play the floor tom, snare and low conga.
Person with the hi-hat has two sticks, person with the high conga has one mallet and one bare hand.

This is played on our own instruments, but we wrote it using instruments at school - which obviously sound and feel completely different. So although the rhythms are the same, this is completely different.
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Rex Yehudi (shoham) 
It's cool man! Are you in musical school, or is this a side project? More like this -- I like well thought out percussion comps. Thanks! -Shoham
flag (Jun 14, 2012, 13:14 EDT)
Ian MacPhail 
I'm in high school and just take the composition class every year. Practically all the music I make starts with a drum pattern I make, which I then turn into a melody. This other drummer and I work very well together, though when we tried to make a bass/piano duet it turned into what we now refer to as "The Disaster Piece".
I'm actually currently working on making it sound decent... Will post soonish!
flag (Jun 16, 2012, 18:09 EDT)
Rex Yehudi (shoham) 
Neat -- will you go to college for music, then? I guess everyone has a different approach to songcraft -- for instance I usually have lyrics and a melody and build around that! Looking forward for what's to come!
flag (Jun 16, 2012, 20:21 EDT)
Ian MacPhail 
Nope, engineering physics, and math! Perhaps leading to acoustic engineering, as I also love architecture.
The way I see it, the notes can be chosen easily with theory (you can predict which will sound consonant and which are dissonant easily), but the rhythm is not something that you can do that way.

When I work with other people as a percussionist, I need a written out form so I know what I can get away with. I'm not good enough technically to just play, but if I know what I can do then I can practice all sorts of things and choose the best. That's also why I normally use MIDI, it's faster.
flag (Jun 16, 2012, 21:42 EDT)
Rex Yehudi (shoham) 
Music has and always will be more than something theoretical.
Notes must come from deep within and not be merely alphabetical.
Parch and Vincent Galilei
Gave us more than Do Re Mi.
From Shelly to Pythagoras,
And Keats to Aristoxenus
Reason has two fathers known:
Named, rhythm and his brother tone.
Math and physics are the fruits of roots which run much deeper
(Though modern times consider metaphors and rhymes as so much cheaper.)
While you study architecture and acoustic engineering
Just remember that it's always more than waves that you are hearing.
The music in your soul begets the sciences we hold so dear
Without new melodies and harmonies, no TOEs, I fear!!!
flag (Jun 16, 2012, 22:27 EDT)
Ian MacPhail 
I always think of music as half math and half unknown.

Here's 4 versions of the piece I'm working on, but I'm not completely satisfied with any of them.

http://soundcloud.com/idmb/sets/darker-light-wip/
flag (Jun 16, 2012, 23:22 EDT)
Rex Yehudi (shoham) 
I liked the Garageband version -- could use some more syncopation, though. I'd say about 90% spirit and the other half math - maybe 2/3 blind faith, or at least blind melon... Seriously though, our modern sciences miss out a lot by not looking at ancient ritual and tradition -- and by telling religion to just fuck off altogether...

Rewrote the sonnet for you #WIP

Parch and Vincent Galilei
Gave us more than Do Re Mi.
From Shelly to Pythagoras,
And Keats to Aristoxenus
Reason has two fathers known:
Named, Rhythm and his brother Tone.
Music has and always will be more than something theoretical.
Notes must come from deep within and not be merely alphabetical.
Math and Physics are the fruits of roots which run much deeper
Though modern times consider metaphors and rhymes much cheaper.
While you study architecture and acoustic engineering
Just remember that it's always more than waves that you are hearing.
The music in your soul begets the sciences we hold so dear
Without new melodies and harmonies no TOEs*, I fear!

TOE: Theory of EVERYTHING!!!
flag (Jun 16, 2012, 23:52 EDT)
Rex Yehudi (shoham) 
Speaking of acoustics, have you heard of this room, yet: http://dsc.discovery.com/life/worlds-quietest-room-will-drive-you-crazy-in-30-minutes.html#mkcpgn=twsci1 -- how long would you last???
flag (Jul 26, 2012, 11:44 EDT)


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