Friday, January 17, 2014
Working with the graphic scores from Sid Smith's String Quartet collaboration has me stumped at the moment. Sunday I am scheduled to record these two pieces with my old friend and musical partner Steve Geest, yet the second piece is not complete. Many others have submitted their works and I am beginning to feel a bit of self-imposed pressure, hence the deadline. The value of a performance or recording date to spur the process is unique and known. The other two times I recall waking during the evening the melody from Movement III of String Quartet was playing in my head. This is a good sign and I trust the process.
I have also seen how vital my portable mp3 recorder is to my process. My old R-09 has given up the ghost & I am waiting for a replacement to arrive. This added to the challenge of working from a photo as a graphic score. Examining this, I can not hear where the melody is leading me yet. I have a two working titles that arose for this piece. They are on a post-it note next to the photo. Perhaps if I select one as they are embodying different, even opposing qualities the piece will evolve. Life is very good. The table is set.