I recently completed a large project on the analysis of Bach's harmonic rhythm and how that analysis might be used to come up with new musical ideas. The paper (and appendices) are available in the 'Writings' section of this site. I think it is important to demonstrate (from time to time) how we use what we learn during the study of music.
I will be premiering a new multimedia work tonight in Lincoln, Nebraska entitled "LoveBug". Electric guitar, electric bass, piano, Disklavier, electronics and video.
I will be writing a paper about one of my new pieces. This piece uses elements of Bach's "Herr, unser Herrscher" in completely different ways. I have discovered a method of harmonic analysis developed by Joseph P. Swain that takes into account several different factors that contribute to harmonic changes. I find it strange that, for so long, harmonic rhythm was defined as merely "when the chord changes". There are several other elements involved that can provide us with a greater detailed picture of harmonic rhythm.
The First Ten Bach Chorales: Analysis and Commentary
If you have visited my blog section recently, you will have seen about 5 or 6 posts related to Bach chorales. I believe these short harmonizations of a melodic line can serve as a sort of gallery of techniques that composers have used throughout the centuries in order to create logical, cohesive pieces of music. I am hoping to combine the analyses and commentary episodes from this year into one document by the end of this year, which will be entitled The First Ten Bach Chorales: Analysis and Commentary. The analysis of Bach is not the primary goal of this project. Another dimension is that of relating classical techniques to other moments throughout the history of music. I believe this will be a very useful tool for young students of music theory and composition so that they can see how what they learn in a classroom can actually play out in modern music.
Last year, I started exploring interdisciplinary art, which resulted in a piece entitled Graveyard Shift.
This year, I am devoting my compositional output to works of the same genre. The piece will be for video, electronic sounds, voice, guitar, bass guitar, piano and Disklavier. All of the sounds are being created with analog technology: subtractive and additive synthesis.
WEST COAST DEBUT
I can now say I have had my music played on the west coast thanks to The Santa Cruz New Music Society.
They will be playing my first major multimedia work (Graveyard Shift, 2015) at the The Art Bar and Cafe on July 9th. Thanks to Scott Stobbe and others involved with this group for playing new music (and for supporting alternative concert venues).