Sunday, December 27, 2009

time playing

finally after 20 years i figured out what was wrong with my time feel ...
i was thinking about what would be the best way to organise accents within a phrase ..
i realised it made sense to dig into the groove at the top of the phrase ( 4 bars say ) and play each 1/8 ( or 1/4) with the same intensity on the downbeat at the start of the phrase so that the rhythms sounded resolved ..
no i can play any rhythms or accents I like within the phrase and its easier to hear the form in what I am doing

Thursday, December 24, 2009

digitize me

digital world took my fantasy
you took my mind
you took my imagination

linear ADC will never quantize me or my least significant bit

i'm not a zero or a one
digitize me ,
but you cant sample my soul

on the 7th day Lawrence Roberts created TCP/IP , packet switching

Friday, December 18, 2009

gerry lopez

just stumbled on this apt description of Gerry Lopez surfing from the 1972 surf film " five summer stories"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

harry's cafe de wheels

Most Sydneysider's have enjoyed a pie and peas from Harry's cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo

I recently concoted a ridiculous serial music process involving assigning a different chord to each note of the chromatic scale .
I liked the idea so much I decided it needed a name , and for no real reason it became " Harry " .
There is an unlimited number of possible " Harry's " .

I wrote a funky tune which uses 3 note triads on each chromatic note :
D , Asus , G2 ( no 3 ) , C sus , B sus , F#2 ( no 3) , Db , Ab5( #11) , F2 ( no 3 ) , Eb5 ( #11) , Bb5 ( #11) , ( the last chord has a C in the root and contains the notes C , D and C# and is hard to name ) .

The first section of the tune utilises this harry , the rest is written by ear loosely in the key of D .

I decided that it would be good to honor Harry's cafe de wheels ...

Here is the lyrics :

funky harry
pie and peas
a chilli dog
cafe de wheels
try a tiger
pie floater
chilli dog
ooh ... groovy gravy
ooh ... harry baby

colonel sanders ate 3 pies
de law say each day he must move 12 inches