Da Musically Inclined Bomb

DePauw University's First Year Seminar on Writing about Music

Sunday, September 24, 2006

i made two short percussion movements for my definition of music.

they are called "two shorts seasons for percussion" and i did "brown" and "grey," or fall and summer.

when i recorded the pieces i really searched hard for unusual percussion instruments that most musicians might not be familiar with. i tried to find instruments that really captured the mood of both seasons. for summer, i used suspended metal pipes to re-create the rustling wind-chimes during a summer storm. the storm itself was created by a metal sheet representing the thunder. i also used chinese opera gongs to give some hint of darkness and obscurity.

"brown" was much shorter and faster. i used different cymbals in different speakers to give the effect of wind coming from everywhere. the crotales and wood blocks depict the bright color and feeling of fall. the snare and bass drum cadence refers to the beginning of school, giving the piece a little more organization. it ends with an abrupt gong crash, alluding to falls quick tranformation in to winter.

i hope some of you get a chance to hear these pieces. some of you have, so please comment so my blog doesen't look crappy.



At 9/24/2006 10:13 PM, Blogger Becca said...

It sounds really cool, Dennis, and I really liked what I heard in 'grey'... very ominous. The thunder sheet was very effective. I hope you keep composing!

At 9/24/2006 10:14 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

dennis, i loved it. i personally like summer more than fall. i could totally feel myself out on the porch in a summer night storm listening to the wind blowing around the windchimes. it was awesome.


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