Pipe Dreams has always been one of my favorite pieces, but I've always felt like my idea was better than I could write it. It started out as a piano work before Carlyle suggested that it could be a percussion ensemble. So it became a percussion ensemble, when my percussion chops weren't quite what they are today. When I started my master's degree, I worked on it with Marvin and it tripled in length. A few years later I decided that it should become a wind ensemble piece, and thanks to Roland, it did. But the percussion writing was still…not quite right, mostly due to its size. For a four minute piece, it used six percussionists (and timpani). The Symphony uses six percussionists too, but it's nine times longer and the percussionists play actual percussion parts instead of just one instrument.
So over the past week, I consolidated the percussion into three parts (plus timp.), and so here's the (new) final rendering:
In the process of consolidating the percussion parts, the non-pitched percussion was mapped onto a piano stave, which created this delightful dissonance, which I quickly exported and renamed “Pipe Nightmare”.
Received a few days ago, from the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association
We are pleased to advise you that your piece, Creatures from the Black Bassoon, has been accepted for the ISSTC 2014.
We received dozens of submissions from all over the globe. This Convocation will be very exciting.
In the next days, formal announcements will be made on the ISSTA website, including a provisional schedule.
For participation, you will be required to register and attend the event. Fees will be payable online. Announcements will be made on the ISSTC 2014 web page, http://issta.ie/index.php/isstc/isstc-2014/. Please keep an eye there for more information.
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Thank you for your contribution. We look forward to seeing you in August.
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