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Once & Future Concerto, 1st movement


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This is the first movement of a planned concerto. I hope to complete all five movements in the next few years. I'd like to thank MidiOrleans (Scott Hill) for originally agreeing to work on this concerto with me, to help me arrange the MIDI files - and even tho that collaboration never happened, I wouldn't have started this project without his assurance of help. I'd also like to thank davisamerica (Terry Pearson) for requesting that I add keyboards to a collaboration of his - and even tho I couldn't think of anything good to add to his track and therefore abandoned the collab, it got me to reopen a few older Logic files and rejuvenated this particular project. Silver linings.

I began working on this piece by listening to Keith Emerson's brilliant piano work on Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression. You may hear influences. I was unable to come even close to that hipness, and ended up steering closer to Shostakovitch and Prokofiev, which still works for me. I had been approached some time ago to write a contemporary classical concerto with progressive rock influences. I hope to have more progressive rock stylings in the coming movements, altho I suspect it will all end up closer to this. I think I'll listen to Charles Ives, too, for the next weeks.

Please consider:

1) Do you think it needs percussion? (I really dislike adding percussion and almost always leave drum lines to drummers when arranging for stage or studio.)

2) If you would like to add an orchestral/progressive percussion track to this, please let me know. Much of the piece was played in without afixing it to a specific internal clock, so you'll have to play it on the fly, I imagine.

Let me know what you think. The track uses mainstream Jam Pack and standard string patches, both becuz I wanted to be able to collab easily on it and exchange Logic files (which I never ended up doing) and also becuz I had yet another hard drive crash and lost all my MOTU and non-Apple sounds from my sound library. I don't have the energy to reinstall them. This is supposed to be demo, anyway, so I am glad it sounds as realistic as it does. It's slow going, but a nice project to fool around with in the air conditioned studio while the world melts outside.
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davisamerica said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
just
amazing as it stands. Hard for me to imagine drums right now because it seems so complete. Terry will be happy he had a small part in the "kick start" of you doing what you do so well.
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Kick start
We all need a kick start every now and then, I guess! I think I agree with you about feeling complete. I may wait until other movements are arranged. If they need perc., I'll add it here and there to this, if not, I will leave it to the imagination, creating percussive feels with the instruments.
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Tom Atwood said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
virtuosic
Hey Tobin - magnificent so far. Your fingers really fly on the keyboard! It is reminiscent of Karn Evil 9 - but less pop and more Ives than Emerson. I wouldn;t dare to suggest anything on this - except a general comment that such a syncopated and purcussive piece would certainly seem to welcome percussion - or not! Great work. Good to hear you.
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Tom Atwood said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
p.s.
I'd be a Fan of this song, but guess I don;t know how to do that anymore in this new-fangled beta-MJ. Young whipper-snappers!
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
...or not!
Love the commitment! Btw, your photo is fab. You look so happy and healthy!
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mcsweb said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Your piano playing
is first rate! Concert-level playing in your concerto!
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mcsweb said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Georgia O'Keeffe
would deny appreciating your cover art! ;)
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Georgia O'Keeffe
I enjoy Georgia O'Keeffe's work. It has inspired some of my close-up photos of flowers (that I sell to hotels, back when new hotels were built and opened!) You can check those photos out at:
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magnatone said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Once and Future
lord Tobin, your piano playing is just astounding! it's hard for me to hear how it needs percussion (or anything really). this is just such virtuoso work on all levels - thanks for the shot in the arm!
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
shot in the arm
Thanks. I''m trying to make this a showy piece. It's hard to make a splash as a contemporary composer. Most things performed are museum pieces, very old and done over and over. If I can create a piece to highlight try musicianship, it might have a chance to be performed more than once...
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Sigmund said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Once & Future
Quite a composition - a percussion performance i the same musical style might enhance this piece, but the percussionist would sure need to know what they are doing. Having said that I see no need to add anything here - the obvious free form manner in which you composed this does not require any kind of percussive structure. Your performance is intense and captivating - a real pleasure to listen to.
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
intense and captivating
Thanks. I'm really glad many people are finding no need of anything else. I think its fun for brass to be the percussive element, or the string section to use string attacks and take the place of percussive hits. Maybe the whole orchestra will lay out more emotion and dynamics this way? Glad you could hear what a real group might sound. Everything is scored carefully to sound free form. I wanted string metered lines to be followed by meterless yet strongly lyrical lines, so that time signature couldn't be guessed yet the director could still beat a steady motion. I did that same thing with Escaping The Fray Zone ( http://www.macjams.com/song/5035 ).

I appreciate your comments and careful ear.
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thoddi said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
This is brilliant work
You know that I'm not very familiar or used to this genre of music, but I still appreciate the intelligent moves and the musical talent on display here.

Some details in the piano playing caught my attention. Don't quite know how to describe them... It's like you roll your hand over the keys to catch up to the next line of intricate scale wandering waiting in line. I like that because I think it brings more life or even a bit of roughness into the composition.

The way you lay/arrange the storyline with shifts in moods and instrumentation keeps me nailed to listen, because there's so much to be excited over, and I need to hear what's 'round the next corner. I'm pretty amazed of this one as you might have figured out:)

About the percussion... I think I hear places where a kettledrum could enhance or bring foundation to some parts. Other than that I think it works very well without it.

Best of luck with the progress of making the parts to come. I'm sure it will lead to a fab feeling once it is fulfilled, and that the process of getting there will bring you much joy:)
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Every word
Man, I love your comments. Every word. Thank you. Yes, that rolling of the notes, like extended grace notes, was something I was intentionally playing with in order to find a unique voice to the piece, like jazz or R&B but not at all, but I never would've thought of it without my history in jazz. Thanks for noticing that. Its one of my favorite parts of the piano on this track.
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RAVENS said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Lovely
I don't believe I've ever heard your work. The very beginning reminds me of the tune Schroeder (Peanuts) used to play. Very cool!

This was just amazing & so full of different moods, which I find fascinating. I like it as-is...

RAVEN ;-)
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Vince Guaraldi
Way cool that the opening phrase made you think of Vince Guaraldi's fine piece. You got the whimsical, playful quality of it all, not just the serious muscular avant garde aspect. Thanks.
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jdholliday said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Well I am
happy to see you posting a new piece Tobin, This is incredible, honestly I've never heard anything quite like it in my limited listening realm, It's really very entertaining to listen to, I love it just the way it is, but maybe Tympany would be cool, I'd like to hear whatever comes of this and look forward to future posts of this and other movements. Thanks for sharing this, it's awesome!
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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
never heard anything quite like it
I love that you've never heard anything quite like it. There's a moment in almost everything I do that strives to achieve that originality. I truly appreciate that.
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alackbass said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Once & Future Concerto, 1st movement
Yeah, the Emerson influence is apparent and so cool. I’m more a Trilogy and Tarkus guy. But the frantic and angular phrases that are hallmarks of the Keith style are here particularly at :53.

The work of progressive composers like yourself and Alimar reassure me that it’s alright to be a fan of 70’s progressive music.

I'm off to listen to some UK and King Crimson now.

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TobinMueller said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Al & I
Yes, we do love prog. As important as any jazz or classical or Joni Mitchel or Dylan piece, in my organic growth as a composer/person. Re-discovering King Crimson is well worth the time.

Nice collab with Raven, btw. It worked really well.
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moorlandt said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
This is brilliant
And I'm that much in awe I can't even think of a decent comment. Consider I adore it.
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
decent comment
Thanks. More than decent.
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thetiler said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Enjoy
the industrial feel in the beginning and I think I can hear MO influence in the strings etc. Love how the piano flies avantgardly forward, it really compliments your style. Like a made factory in a busy city ! :) Enjoy all the musical scenes this piece portrays. Enjoy the lower bass piano funkyness at the end as well.
Terrific ! Thanks so much MO and Tobin for adding SO much Jazz - Classical modern sounds ! Way tO gO !
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
flying avantgardly forward
Your comments made me smile. Thanks. I love the bass notes on that piano, and the growling brass and strings. Its hard not to use a cool sound...
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MidiOrleans said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Enjoyed
I hope someday down the road we can still do some collaboratin'.
I would have to refresh myself on this era which you do so well with
a "neo" approach.
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Collab
Thanks again, Scotty. You can add percussion and see what happens?! Neo perc...
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Bowman said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
This isn't a pretty piece
nor was it meant to be one. I like the way you use the piano percussively. In some ways it reminds me of Jerry Goldsmith's innovative score for PLANET OF THE APES. I liked this.


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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Planet of the Apes
I went back and listened to some of those classic modern tracks. Love his use of the xylophone. The piano lines are cool. Thanks for bringing this up.
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perceptualvortex said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Planet of the Apes
Now that Bowman brought that up, I can really see it.

I'm not one to usually listen to orchestral music, or piano concertos--but wow, this is such an adventure that how could I not love it? Your piano playing is always really captivating to me. I can't imagine how you play all over the place like that, but it still sounds so, I dunno, *right*. Piano is a favorite instrument for me, and your playing is always a treat.

I can envision percussion that works for this: some spare timpani hits. Some kind of rolling snare accents in the steady pulse section near 2:35.
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
A treat
Thanks. I usually try and mix fun and innovation, energy and subtle shifting, and cross-genre rhythmic ideas. I can see why you like it, since you do the same with your work. Timps and snares are what I heard too, sparsely placed. If I need to add to other movements, I will go back and look for the right spots...
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jiguma said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Terrific stuff Tobin!
The first thing that stands out for me is the amazing bass timbre in the opening section. I always enjoyed King Crimson, and this is definitely reminiscent of some of their work. I can imagine drums in this, but you sure would need a helluva player to pull them off.
Very cool post!
N
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
King Crimson
I'm glad you hear the progressive rock influences. I was afraid they were too buried beneath the Stranvinsky-and-beyond contemporary classical sensibility. I think hiring a prog drummer and letting him do whatever he hears, for the live performance, might be the easiest (and best) way to go... Nice idea.
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davisamerica2 said 2578 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Quite a joy o see this posted Tobin
It also reaffirms the good sense I had seeking you out as a collaborator. (Maybe something in the future?) This piece, though I found fascinating, and I'm looking forward to collecting the other movements. I like what you said about museum pieces. That's how I sometimes see my music, and become aware of the need to be more adventurous. I see this in your music. Lots of nice surprises. It's a good thing the ears don't blink. I'd hate to miss anything. Peace. Terry.
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Surprises
Thanks. And thanks again for the nudge. Lots of surprises, like life...
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Moviz said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Love the
strength in the opening and ensuing piano parts and the musical twists and turns.... very energetic and with the orchestral backing it's hypnotic listening. Very visual mentally and again, I love the strength, as in the opening and closing piano part. I don't think it needs percussion, because the timing is so precise in all the instrumental passages and the artwork above is so suitable for this piece. I hear the Prokofiev influence here too and love it, regards M
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Prokofiev
Thanks for the delight in the strength. I actually came up with the faster runs first and distilled them into the chords I bang out as an opening/closing. I was thinking of the power of players I've seen. like Medeski, and just wanted to pound the keys to get everyone's attention at the outset. I like that you heard Prokofiev, a composer I admire greatly.
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Alimar said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Take a Pebble
TOBIN... long time, no hear. As I listened, I thought you might want to listen to "Take a Pebble" from ELP's first album, The piano interlude is a direction that may pique interest in an additional direction. Always good to hear your playing!
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TobinMueller said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Pepples
I checked it out. Also Tarkus. I have the Pebbles/Lucky Man album but not Tarkus. Man, what great music.

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billykirsch said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
In awe
I now remember listening to music like this who knows from whom and it doesn't matter. I got Tobin.
I can hear some drums (even a distorted guitar) in the more rhythmically straightforward parts. Like a band coming in and out to support the train-like hammering subtle riffs and not trying too hard to follow everything.
Loooove the way you play that piano. The next thing to playing like this is set in on fire.

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TobinMueller said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
I got Tobin
Suzanne thinks the same thing!

I like the idea of setting everything on fire... but may wait until the final movement...
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sschedra said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Tobin
Quite expansive. I think it could use orchestral percussion. I have the same issue when doing percussion, I feel more comfortable letting someone else do it. I think there are definite places where it needs percussive elements to round out the sound. I wish I could be more specific, but I just expected kettle drums and cymbals at certain spots and when I didn't hear them I was surprised. Overall, its a masterful piece.
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TobinMueller said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Kettles
Yes, nothing like a well placed timpani to add depth and excitement. And there is nothing like a cymbal crash to signal a climax, or a cymbal roll to signal a coming climax... Steve Stone is going to give it a try, so I am excited about what will evolve and very happy I won't have to make those choices. Thanks for hearing ways to improve the piece.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
love the bassy 16ths in the piano
What a cool movement for a hot summer's day. I like its momentum and intensity, and its density and melodic interest make it feel very "composed," in a good way. I vote, per #1, that it could use some orchestral percussion at a few selected peaks, but it's kind of amazing that you (one) could create something so musical in tone as well as composition with "mainstream" sounds.
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TobinMueller said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
density and melodic interest
Yes, this is highly "composed." It is like a very fast moving 3D puzzle that flashes through a bunch of substitutions and almost fuguish responses in a baroque way, with a Renaissance lack of downbeat lyrical lengths, and an awareness of early 20th century masters' influence on progressive music in the late 60s and 70s. I think I could've achieved greater realism with some of my plug in sounds, but have lost them all in a hard drive crash and doubt I will ever reinstate them. Lost a ton of other stuff too. 4th major drive crash in 5 years. Kind of defeating. Gotta back up more! Thanks for your comments.
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crissew said 2577 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Stunning choices
made in this piece. Great choices of sounds and great texturing. Piano work is spectacular, loose and with a great ebb and flow. Truly excellent work here, one of my favorites from you.
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TobinMueller said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Stunning choices
Thanks for calling out the "choices." I play a ton of things until I hit on something that satisfies my restless ear and historical sensibility. I try to balance enough repetition that the listener craves with the evolving motion my hands want to be challenged by. That its one of your favorites is very cool. I will try and keep the level of enjoyment and surprise in the upcoming movements.
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tonestones said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
ELP eat your heart out
This is wonderful, Tobin. The ELP influence is strong, but this is a very unique piece that is inspired. Very impressive work.
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TobinMueller said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Collab
Thank you. And Thanks for your ideas to collaborate on this and the rest of the concerto. I will plop the files in our .Mac public folder when I get time later today. (I better get working on the other movements!)
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sloparts said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Very nice piece Tobin
As for percussion, have you considered using Pizzicato stings, Double Bass, Cello, Violin, to add that percussion without using drums. could be very effective if done right.

You seem to have used a fair amount of dissonant chords and notes in the piece, and in some ways, it all seems to fit. But to me those discordant sounds take my attention away from the rest of the piece as a distraction that gets in the way at times.

Be interesting to follow this as it develops and hear where you take it.

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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Salieri
As Salieri said, Too many notes! Why so many notes? I actually don't find it discordant in a negative way, but in a that's what the tonality of the piece is way. The chords shift in a patterned way even with those weird notes, creating cogent substitutions and desired suspensions or anticipations. But there will be movements with many less notes, for sure. I worry about audience exhaustion as well as Salieri!
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maxjsl37 said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
You were right
The beginning is powerful, yet subtle. Like the arrangement. Drums may end up taking away from the mood. Then again.....? Great job, very crisp production.
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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Then again..?
My feelings, exactly. That's why I'm hoping someone else (tonestones?) will prove the usefulness of percussion in a way my ears are simply waiting for without them knowing!
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ktb said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
ELP
Damn, took the reference right out my mouth. Love that low register manic key work. I'm not really hearing percussion, not to say someone couldn't fit it in, just that it stands nicely on its own.

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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
ELP
Such an appreciative debt to ELP. I saw Carl Palmer recently and he is in fabulous shape. Maybe he'd be interested? I bet he could find spots to shine!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Welcome back my friends...
...to the tune that never ends?

Just kidding. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
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I.G.M. said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
WOW,
you were right, I like it!
Not only from a technical point of view.
And although it stresses me to listen to it -
I can not turn it off, just like a flashback, deep, dark and disturbing.

Personally I would like to hear percussion,
but I don`t believe you can find a drummer as good as he had to be to NOT kill the flow...
but never say never...

This would be a hard one to play but I would kill to hear it from a REAL orchestra!!
You too?? :o)
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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Real orchestra
Yes, that's the hope, as an end result" a real life performance. I love your description of how you couldn't turn it off, like a disturbing flashback. That made me smile!

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fasteddie said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Really intricate
Wow. This travels to so many places. There is a feeling of randomness but it is controlled so well. I concure with everyone else... brilliant playing!
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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Composed randomness
Composed randomness. That's what I was going for. Out of the formless void and all that. Thanks for the comments on the playing. I'm having trouble coming up with something as good for the next movement, which I wanted to be even faster...
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Vic Holman said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
karn evil 9
odd, i was thinking about that album for the last few days.

great composition, wonderfully complex

personally i think percussion might distract from what you have here. but who knows.... there could be someone out there
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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Albums
That passage is one of my al time favorite piano moments, equal to anything ever written by Chopin, Debussey, Rachmaninov... I think of it often.

Maybe we are somehow connected to the same Noosphere?!
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damiengh said 2576 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
your all
The thing that gets me is how you throw yourself so deeply into your projects, fortunately, you have the virtuosity to pull it off. ( I would not want to be the one to knock on your door while you were thinking of the next line, especially if you had a double-expresso.) We are rewarded for your totally vested efforts.

As what others have said earlier, ex-nay on the ums-dray, though you could possibly use something percussive like vibes to add impact to some lines, for added tonal percussiveness.

Love your use of dynamics and variations in intensity, definitely holds one interests.

If I had to make any criticism here, (and I have no right to do so, for I haven't listened to this kind of music in sometime), I just thought the musical (motif) change at 2:31/2:32, was a bit on the cliche side for me. Guess my ears have heard that pattern often in the past sufficiently, to detract me from this enjoyable ride. But heck, what is familiar to one, is not necessarily to another.

Your amazing.


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TobinMueller said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
double-expresso concentration
Your depiction of me focusing on my work as if the world stopped to exit is not far from the truth, and made me smile. When Suzanne comes into the studio to say hi, I nearly jump out of my skin, forgetting where the hell I am and that any other human being exists.

I know what you mean about that passage. Reminds me of a few other works, especially Stravinsky. A homage, maybe? So hard not to quote, or at least paraphrase, from the jumble of historic pieces rumbling around up there. Its kind of fun to write alongside such pieces, tho, adding a touch of something new.

Thanks for your comments and careful listening. Much appreciated.
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kassia said 2575 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
first of all
wow. excellent composition and performance. i love how much you used brass in this piece - because I love brass and because I think it really works for the compositional style. As far as percussion - so much of the piece is already percussive in the staccato brass notes and the aggressive piano style - i honestly think that standard percussion of any kind would be in conflict with what's already here. the only thing I could think of would be to possibly throw in something in the higher frequencies since most of the composition (to my ears) seems to take place in the mid and lower ranges. so maybe triangles or chimes or glock or something. but....i think this is brilliant just the way it is. really well done.
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TobinMueller said 2574 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
staccato bras
Thanks. I do think a xylophone would fit in seamlessly, and perhaps timpani for bottom accents. Everything else would be a challenge... But triangles and chimes are a great idea!
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woofer3 said 2574 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
I like it-
It has good tension within, though a bit over my head I think being a working class boy. Very well put together.
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TobinMueller said 2574 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Working class boy
...I was hoping you'd do a honky tonk cover of it...
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guitapick said 2572 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
For me...
...this stands up extremely well on it's own. Shades of ELP, but more so of Shostakovich. Powerful. Very cool.

If you DO add percussion, I'd do so sparingly and with equipment that's far from the "note" spectrum or something more "broad", like cymbals/gongs...just in a section or two, cuz your use of the piano is so percussive, to begin with.

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TobinMueller said 2571 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Shostakovich
I've admired Shostakovich since I was a late teen. Always felt like he could have been even better if he would've left Russia and the Soviet surveillance and culture watchdogs the hounded him when he tried to innovate beyond certain boundaries. I know this movement leans more toward that "modern" classical, which was intended, since it is destined for that sort of audience. I hope to build toward more progressive rock influence as the movement progress. Who knows, maybe I'll even throw in Gershwin at some point?

I sometimes wonder what some of these innovators would be writing if, somehow, they could be transported into The Now. I fear many of them would simply be disappointed... like 1950'2 sci fi writers would be when the see how we never colonized the moon.
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guitapick said 2571 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Yeh...
...maybe someone else already had their hooks on the moon and gave us the boot.

:)

Shostakovitch was able to find some solace in his solo piano and chamber music works...the govt gave him a much longer leash there. His "24 Preludes and Fugues" for piano are just fantastic.

But I agree with you...he would have done well to have left Russia, artistically.
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Feter said 2568 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Once & Future
Beautiful structure for Modern Jazz and new experimental mood , I totally agree with you about the percussion you ve done a very huge work on fill in the blank and the floating mood in here with all the accompanied instruments just fed that space for rhythm beats .... excellent piece thanks for the invitation ...!!
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Doug Somers said 2559 days ago (August 15th, 2010)
I do dig this...
Organic yet I suspect a lot of thinking and refinement have gone into this work (it's hard to sound fresh and spontaneous). It is for virtuosos to be sure, and the piece holds my interest through the play between the legato strings and the percussive piano and brass, and major tempo changes, and also the more subtle twists, turns and snaps of energy that spring up through whichever instrument is running with the main melodic line.

I have probably listened to this 20 or more times and I've noticed a trap I fall into is starting to hear something familiar and then grasping for the source of the association amongst my memories, all the while the next passage leads off in a new direction with new possible musical references and is partly missed. I catch up and repeat the chase. In the end I just listed to what you brought forth - as it is - and was enthralled.

I do hear a space for very very minimal percussion; minimal since the rest of the piece punctuates the space almost perfectly as it is. And I can't wait until a live orchestra plays this.

Bravissimo!

Doug

PS - sorry to hear about the MOTU samples. I know what a pain that is to reinstall. Good luck!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2497 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
A good start...
... for a concerto. I don't have much experience in classic music but, to me, this piece had more of a jazz vibe to it than classic. Great skills and fine playing, Sir Tobin. Good to see you here again! Lookin' forward to next movement(s)...
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