I guess it’s time to assess the damage and move on. Not my most productive month, but at least I got up to speed with spatial mixing, and modeled instruments, and even made a bit of progress on actually playing the latter. I still consider it all rather experimental, and not terribly efficient, but there are certainly expressive possibilities you’d otherwise only have with real instruments.
However, I managed to come up with two mostly finished pieces, and a soundscape of sorts, for my NaSoAlMo 2020 album, “Dave Learns to Jazz”. And one of those pieces is this one; Magic of the Purple Woods. Thus, the somewhat unorthodox choice of style for this context.
The basic idea behind this piece was to fuse some magical Swedish folk with ambient jazz (not exactly unheard of around here; I’ve engineered and edited some material like that in the past), to create some of the textures and feel I would normally have gone for here, while not straying too far from the jazz genre.
Can’t really elaborate on the music theory behind it all, as I just played by ear, as usual. It’s really rather simple for the most part; two alternating chords, with another two chords concluding each section - except for the break near the end, which is kind of a placeholder with just the piano and clavichord responses.
- Cubase Pro 11
- SWAM Solo Strings
- SWAM Solo Woodwinds
- SWAM Solo Brass
- Pianoteq 7 (Steinway D, Neupert Clavichord, Tubular Bells)
- BFD 3 (Virtually Erskine)
- Kontakt 6 (Pure Jazz Vibes)
- Precedence 1.5
- Breeze 2.5
- Ozone 9