February 24, 2010 by Kyle
I have final composition-lesson approval, and here is the barely-modified but now finished product:
Unknown Precipitation by Kyle Vanderburg
So I went home after last week's lesson, made some changes, expanded the nonpitched percussion break, and basically decided I was more or less happy with the piece, which sounded like this:
Unknown Precipitation 2/21/10 by Kyle Vanderburg
But then, I somehow managed to get a lesson with David Maslanka, who gave me several great comments on writing for percussion, writing for marimba, and just writing in general. I went home, reworked a few parts, and came up with this:
Unknown Precipitation 2/23/10 by Kyle Vanderburg
And now, one more composition lesson to take it to, and hopefully there will only be minor editorial changes.
February 19, 2010 by Kyle
With the exception of the non-pitched percussion parts, the piece is pretty much done. I'll be spending a lot of time this weekend with the auxiliary percussion and with just general polishing and such, but it is quickly coming to a close.
Unknown Precipitation 2/18/10 by Kyle Vanderburg
February 11, 2010 by Kyle
Now that I have actually slept (and don't feel like a zombie), I can post an actual, (hopefully) coherent update.
The piece is coming along nicely, with some minor changes in orchestration and harmony needed that should put me behind my original self-imposed deadline of tomorrow, but well within my deadline of March 1. Hopefully I will be able to accomplish these changes tonight and through what few breaks I'll have this weekend.
At this stage of composing I generally have some idea of a title, and this work is no exception. After living with this piece for the past few months, I believe I'm happy with it being called “Unknown Precipitation.”
February 10, 2010 by Kyle
In order to have a completely unbroken chunk of time, I decided to stay up all night composing. This accomplished two things:
1. A great deal of work
2. Showing me why I don't do this more often.
But after all that, I have a good portion of the piece orchestrated (although the orchestrated parts need polishing and the nonpitched percussion parts need to be…written), and here's this morning's rendering.
SN-Semper Reformanda 2/10/10 by Kyle Vanderburg
February 8, 2010 by Kyle
After presenting the version of SN-SR as seen in the last post (which has been updated to the new audio.kylevanderburg.net/bandcamp embedding system) to a composition lesson, where it was modified, shortened (by content), lengthened (by time), and Saturday I began the daunting task of orchestration. Here are the latest versions:
SN-Semper Reformanda 2/6/10 by Kyle Vanderburg
SN-Semper Reformanda 2/8/10 by Kyle Vanderburg
4 days until (my) deadline! Also, I'm trying out various titles. If you have any ideas, throw them my way!