Release date October 1st 2015
Monthly Archives: August 2015
Noise and Silence
Click on link for more details. I will be headlining this performance which begins at 12:30pm and concludes at 1:30pm.
There will be some stirring performances with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and new music to engage and inspire you from some of my fellow composers. Later in the afternoon from 4pm-6pm a forum will be held in the performance space in which l will be presenting a paper discussing my current research.
With seven and a half weeks to go until exegesis submission the pressure is on. Today’s recording session was executed with an aura of tension, which was noticeable at the very beginning, however, as we became familiar with our studio surroundings the quality of the session and the result, namely the bounced Mp3 of ‘Improvisation’ featuring Guzheng, Drums, and Javanese Gamelan cymbals was indeed a successful undertaking. The whole session consisted of three takes with each version lasting about 15-20 minutes long. With each version (take) becoming stronger and spirited. Soon we became aware of a real sense of artistry emerging. Becoming too conscious of what you’re playing as an improviser can stifle creativity and ruin the overall impact. As soon as my colleague and I listened back to the second version of the improvisation we decided to have faith in the improvisation process itself. Before long we both decided that being open and in the moment to new possibilities will provide intensity and vividness. Finally we both decided that eye contact was of great importance to the improvisation process whereas, discussion of musical landmarks for the next improvisation would be obvious and trite.
|Improvisation Key of D Maj||Guzheng, Drums, Gamelan Javanese Percussion|
|Part B Improvisation||Electric Guitar-Whammy, Boss DD7, Drums|
|Still to be recorded Aug 17th||ABA|
Back in the studio again today to focus on track 3 (West) that will appear on the Intervals (honours project) album. For such a short piece it was a very complex yet cogent piece of music to embrace. Interestingly, what was exciting about today’s recording session was the very limited conversation between my colleague on the drums and myself playing the electric guitar. There was an important mission to be carried out. The music spoke for itself. That might sound somewhat clichéd, but I like to enter the recording space with a positive mental attitude. By doing so this will produce consistent results and being prepared both mentally and physically is how to comprehensively get the job done. A major highlight from today was the main studio and having the ability to open up a wide range of technologies that made the song even more dynamic. It’s the beauty of learning that makes you fearful and excited. This was felt whilst listening back to the previous takes inside the main studio, and it’s a place that influences creativity.
Joseph Tabua Aug 3rd