Fascinatin' Rhythm

December 4, 2012

And we’re all gonna shine a light together

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A post at the excellent Captain Awkward blog reminded me to get my shit together.  Work on novel progresses somewhat excellently — and I just purchased a laptop which will be dedicated to writing.  I imagine January will be a month full of coffee and editing.

My current music project is setting H.P. Lovecraft’s sonnet cycle Fungi From Yuggoth to music for various combinations of choir and piano.  8 done so far, out of 36.  You can read the sonnets at the link above, but I won’t be publishing any of the completed scores on here, as I’m hoping to keep them for something more, er, serious 😀

As I’m updating, I guess I should add: current classic novel in mid-read is Les Miserables, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece.  I’m dipping in and out, as it’s the kind of book that you don’t really read in a single sitting.  It’s also hugely immersive, so very easy to get back into when I do take the plunge.

But the reason for this post is the Captain Awkward post I mentioned above.  I’ve been feeling recently that my awesome parts have been somewhat squished by the demands on my time.  So am using this post as a call to arms for myself: don’t neglect your passions!  Direct energy to where it will be returned tenfold!  A thousandfold!

Speaking of which, had a great idea for a fantasy trilogy whack me upside the head on the train this morning.  Must set it to one side while I finish this WIP!  But it’s funny, sometimes ideas hit and I think, nah, been done before, or, nah, I’ll have a better idea before lunchtime.  But this one demanded to be remembered and worked on at some point in the future, so I’ll probably give in to it next year.

Hey ho.

Post title: from the last English Eurovision winner, ‘Love Shine A Light’ by Katrina and the Waves.


June 21, 2012

The rest is still unwritten

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But all the rests are in the right place in these piano pieces 😀

Minor trifle No.1.  I love how this turned out — some scrumptious chords 😀

First of a set of simple piano pieces.  I can even almost play this one myself!  😀

Fifth in the same set.  Love the bass line in this one.

Seventh in the set.  I wanted to write a lullaby, but it didn’t turn out too lullaby-like.  Still like the melody though.

Eighth in the set.  Probably doesn’t actually belong, as it’s not as simple as I thought it was going to be when I started it.  But I’m happy with it, especially the middle section.




June 18, 2012

Staring at the blank page

Filed under: Music,Writing — Thurulingas @ 12:54 pm
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In my current spare time, I’ve been finishing off a couple of music pieces, and here they are.  I also finally worked out how to create proper scrolling music videos for youtube, so you can listen and watch at the same time 😀

Threnody for Flute and Piano.  I think this is my favourite, particularly the major key melody after the slow central section.

The first threnody I wrote, and probably the most structurally sound.  Could probably have done more with the clarinet line, though.

Threnody for Cello and Piano.  Feels a bit truncated, I think.  Will probably revise and expand this one.

November 3, 2011

The songs I’m singing

Filed under: Music — Thurulingas @ 11:02 am
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Been a while.  But in my absence, I have been productive.  No, no, hear me out!  This post contains some of what I’ve been working on this year, musically.  I just hope the images work.

I’ve called the piece ‘Threnody’, which, language fans, is a real word.  Dictionary.com defines it as “a poem or song of mourning or lamentation”, and it’s the first in a planned set of similar works.  I first encountered the word ‘threnody’ as a girl’s name in a book when I was just a teenager, and it’s stuck with me since then.

The piece itself was written in response to a recorder player asking people on a forum to write some music for him, and I accepted the challenge.  This piece was actually the second thing I wrote, and, while it’s not perfect, and some of the chords may sound wrong, it’s what I meant.

You can listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjkvnMla4lo


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