Tonight, I scored a piano improvisation I created last Christmas. It was December 2014 in Abbotsford on the piano I grew up playing. It’s out of tune, and getting worse, but everytime I visit my parents something gets created.
I departed from my regular format of scoring a complete piece in Sibelius and creating a video of the program playing it accompanied by a jpg of the score. This time, I just made a leadsheet overtop of live audio of me playing the tune. (Thanks Brigitte for bringing out the phone before I forgot the piece!) This time, I got lazy and didn’t enter anything for phrasing, accents, grace notes, and I think I just want to leave a simple template and let the music stand for itself for now. I’ve love to transcribe it fully, but it takes so much time.(If there’s someone out there who loves transcribing please contact me!)
The larger the variety of music I listen to, the more my musical vocabulary grows. I’ve noticed, unintentionally, I’ve been creating and working on a whole collection of improv based tunes that are zooming in on a very personal, distinct and cohesive voice and tone. It’s been nice to hear feedback about my creations, and I’ve noticed they definately are beginning to sound like “Andrew”. Some of the most consistent feedback has been that many sound like video game music. But it make sense, video games were and still are a bit, central to my life. But I’ve also had the chance to learn and perform many types of music, and I’ve noticed a pattern developing in my compositions.
Skating and Clumsy Feet come out of my ballet accompaniment and classical experience.
Sharon’s Song came out of my experimenting with a Lydian scale, and listening to the music of Satie.
Wilda’s Tune would not have happened if I didn’t attend the Remembrance Day Lunch at the Legion and heard Wilda McIntyre play the piano.
I’ve heard and seen this thing on Facebook, that, on average, peoples’ music tastes stop broadening at a certain age. It scares me a bit. I believe my strength has been my interest and curiousity in all music. But I do feel and sense a pattern, of my ears shutting out “new” music every now and then. “Danger!” or is it?
So much music created is forgotten, and I hope to transfer most of my written music to electronic formats. Whether live audio with leadsheet, or a Sibelius transcription, it’s out there and shared!