Archive for the ‘jazz’ Category

The Canadian Shield (semi-aleatoric) Harmonic Series Jazz Ensemble

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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The Canadian Shield is a semi-aleatoric composition created by transforming two takes of me performing on my DIY electric cello and converting the audio to midi. Once midi I then edited the data into something of near coherence assigning pitch regions to bass, baritone sax, the complete mix an octave up to electric piano (all using the harmonic series starting on C1) and the complete mix to a sampled jazz drum kit.

they write the laws….

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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they write the laws is a collaborative effort between Richard Leach (words), Christiane Offenbar (voice / melody), Jake Freivald (tuning), and myself (instrumental music).

Clean-Shaven Politician Blues by RichardLeach

Look at all those talking men, babe,
with their nicely shaven jaws.
You know they never break the law, babe,
because they write the laws.

I’ve been writing since last year, babe,
and I wrote this morning too.
But I cannot write the law, babe –
I just do what I can do.

You know what this world is made of –
it is five parts fantasy.
Fantasy may taste like ashes,
or it may be honey sweet.

I hear burning, I hear ashes,
from those men with pretty jaws.
I see a world so full of trouble,
and I believe I know the cause.

Look at all those talking men, babe,
all the ones who are in charge.
They think that nothing ever changes –
but then sometimes it does.

! C:\Freivald\music\Tuning\scales\schismatic-garibaldi[17]-7-limit.scl
!
Schismatic / Garibaldi 7-limit
17
!
91.36243
182.72487
203.45503
294.81746
386.17990
406.91005
498.27249
589.63492
680.99736
701.72751
793.08995
884.45238
905.18254
996.54497
1087.90741
1108.63757
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Poetry, a Cubist’s View

Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Jean Metzinger - La Femme au Cheval - 1912

Jean Metzinger – La Femme au Cheval – 1912

Poetry, a Cubist’s View is a “mash” of Benjamin Smith’s Ben.improv.Jul.16.2013 on electric piano and a combination of Paul Mimlitsch’s bass clarinet and soprano clarinet improvisations: “71913bcimpx1”, “71913scimpx1”, and “71913scimpx2”. I added effects, organization and production.

video version

(a reading of) Annabel Lee – remaster

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I’m surprised I forgot to post this collaboration with Norm and Char.

Char performs the reading
Norm performs the percussion
Chris did choir, sax, bass, FXs
Poem – Edgar Allen Poe

(a reading of) Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe

Contributors:
Norm Harris, percussionist
Char from MacJams

Inspiration:
Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee.

Information about Poe and the poem.