Light Blue Dream
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NOW PLAYING: Light Blue Dream - written while in limbo after the relationship depicted in my 1999 Piano Concerto. This is the sequel to that piece. Peaceful, minimal, cross-cultural... MIDI file added 7/7/99. Updated 7/14. Equally good with MIDPlug or QuickTime. Not nearly as good in Beatnik! (greatly reduced stereo, chintzy koto, harmonica-like cello...)
Intelligent Artifice - If Genuine Stupidity is in such abundance, what is the difficulty with Artificial Intelligence? This music was inspired by a banging piece of metal I heard as I was bicycling home from work one afternoon. Originally titled "What If?" because I wondered as I listened to this piece: What if Danny Elfman conspired with Jean-Michel Jarre to mix Friday the 13th with the X-Files and Inna-Gadda-da-Vida? What if Miles came back and took some XTC while listening? What if a little kid with a keyboard were allowed to fill in the gaps? What if?!
A Big Mess of Timelessness - A plethora of percussive instruments played by the 'puter in a pulse of polyrhythmic patterns as per my precise placement of preferred parameters.
Antediluvian Postlude - electric jazz/blues--the
"prequel" to the piece below.
Postdiluvian Prelude - short symphonic
angst. In my opinion, this one sounds better using QuickTime 3.0+ than
it does with the Yamaha MIDPlug, but I'm working on that disparity. In
Beatnik, the tympanies are inaudible.
Somebody Kill that MOFO! - At first, this
was a stereo experiment with drums, gunshots, and a ringing telephone,
but it went a little out of control. This is the result. Classical-punk?
Punk Without A Cause - Originally written with the lyrics: "I love the smell of chemicals, in concentrated form, My brain is dead my eyes are red, hey isn't that the norm?" Hahaha! MIDI has again expanded my ability to create. Not just punk, it contains a little bit of ska, a dash of fusion, and various influences from other realms.
Broken Glass (Board race music for
classroom situations) - Glass-ian freneticism. Gunshots are inaudible in
The Pyramids of Mars - imagine a stoned
Beethoven hunched over a Casio toy keyboard (well, a very expensive
one! This was actually composed on a Casio SK-1!) pondering the images
that have been beamed back from space in this century.
Buddha Is My Bruddah - a student of mine
once wrote that she liked "Buddhist and pop music." I thought, "Buddhist-Pop
music"! I took the well-known "Ah mi tuo fo" Buddhist chant and mixed in
the melody of Taiwan pop star Chang Hui-Mei(A-Mei)'s "You Are My Sister"
("Ni3 shi4 wo3 de0 jie3 mei4" to you readers of Pinyin). Voilà--Buddhist
The Shock! - At 1:47 AM on 9/21/99, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit Taiwan. I was there, and I survived, but over 2,300 others didn't. Several weeks later, we were still experiencing aftershocks of up to 6.9. It made quite a mark on me. Composing this saxophone quartet was my post-trauma therapy.
Piano Concerto 1999 - a ten and a half-minute musical 'chiaroscuro' inspired by a true tale of forbidden love that eventually had a happy ending -- she left me, and I found someone much better for me. The "prequel" to the piece on this page.
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