I’m still working on the solos, tweaking the arrangement, and trying to get the mix right…and I’d welcome comments on any of this.
But my big question here is about the 1:14 Intro (and again in the Outtro), which I’m sure one might argue has nothing to do with the rest of the piece. To which my answer might be ‘yeah, but I still like it…’ - although I could argue some connection to the rest of the music.
But the thing is this: I originally wrote this piece for my Senior Recital, and it opened the concert (think this will be my last ‘back catalogue’ reproduction for a while! Back to new music after this). The intro served as a statement of intent, and to get people’s attention.
Of course, if you’ve come into a concert hall to hear a concert, you are unlikely to walk right out after just 1 minute of music, so I was reasonably safe in that live setting. But today, when people can click-off in under 3 secs if they don’t like what they hear, is this too much of a risk of losing people who might otherwise love the rest of the track…?
Thanks for any feedback!
Genre/Style: Pat Metheny Group-esque ECM style jazz
Creative Vision for the Track: Create a sound world that listeners can sink into and enjoy. Take them on a journey of discovery.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc): 64BPM, main section oscillates between BbMaj7/D and CMaj7/G, but there are 3 sections (apart from the Intro/Outro). The form of the ‘head’ is:
But there are slight changes to this as the piece progresses, along with the arrangement.
Main Instruments used:
There are 3 solos: Soprano sax, piano, and vibes, and a mix of electronic, acoustic, orchestral and ethnic instruments. I wanted the orchestration to be rich and complex. The challenge of course is have I controlled all these resources or does it just become a mess…?
While I’m still finalising aspects of this it’s just on a private SoundCloud link at the moment, but the link should still work as normal:
Would welcome any feedback. Thank you.