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Establishing Order

“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous” -Yehudi Menuhin

As I mentioned in my last wildly-popular blog entry, I was working on a piano trio that explored Chaos coming into Order. Well, now I have Chaos, I have Order, I have part of a transition, and as soon as I write the rest of the transition, it will be DONE. (I'm posting an MP3 of the current version on my Facebook page very shortly!)

Having this piece nearly finished means that I'll get to include it with my Doctoral Application Portfolio later this month. Which is both exciting and terrifying, as that process begins very soon (as in, Sunday).

Meanwhile, I have been talking with Jacob Robinson and Steven Eiler about the possibility of creating a commercially viable Composer/Songwriter/Band management system based on Blink (which currently powers kylevanderburg.net and noteforge.com). The new system will be named NoteForge Hammer, and we hope to begin alpha-testing in Spring 2011.

Forging Chaos

“Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.” –Henry Miller

With classes in full swing and the looming deadlines of doctoral program applications and coursework and life, I suppose it might be a good time to actually start composing. Imagine that!

Under the Oklahoma Sky is finished, ready to be performed in mid-November and then sent out into the world to have a life of its own. I like it. It's definitely one of my favorites. It will be included in my doctoral application portfolio, along with Realms of Endless Day, Notes of Daybreak (probably), and something new.

That something new is proving to be different. It's a piano trio that explores the thought of chaos coming into order. Now, writing order isn't difficult, most music has some semblance of order. Chaos, however, is proving to be an adventure. To give you a preview, here's the score and audio of the first 90 seconds: http://kylevanderburg.net/media/scores/Salvation-Chaos.pdf

So that's what I'm doing with my life right now. With any luck I'll have all of this finished in time to submit it to the Fifth Floor Collective's call for scores, but I'm not holding my breath.