Octatonic

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johnhall
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Octatonic

Post by johnhall » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:14 pm

A short piece using the diminished scale for content. Something new for me that has helped me become more aware of some contemporary compositional practices ( Britten, Martin etc.) Blog entry has more information: http://www.johnhallguitar.com/blog/octatonic/


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Thanks for listening,

John

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Luuttuaja
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Re: Octatonic

Post by Luuttuaja » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:21 pm

Thanks for the recording! It was a nice piece.

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slidika
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Re: Octatonic

Post by slidika » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:06 pm

The playing is nice, but the music itself reminds me of a Bela Bartok piano piece I had to play in college -- too much dissonance for my taste. :(
Whenever I am not ready for my music lesson, I call it 'facing the music'.

johnhall
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Re: Octatonic

Post by johnhall » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:08 pm

Interesting you made that connection. Bartok did use this scale in his Mikrokosmos collection which is probably what you played in college. Thanks for your feedback and I respect your opinion.

John

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RobMacKillop
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Re: Octatonic

Post by RobMacKillop » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:14 pm

I like it, John. Seems very tonal to me, and only mildly dissonant. As a short compositional study, it is very successful, I'd say. Are you planning a series of studies? I'm also interested in what techniques you learned from studying Britten, Frank Martin, and presumably others? And do you share your scores?

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RobMacKillop
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Re: Octatonic

Post by RobMacKillop » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:18 pm

It has crossed my mind that there could be a composition sub forum here at Delcamp, where would-be composers share their studies, talk about their methods and intentions, and give and get support from others. I've only done a short amount of composing (two books of studies for fingerstyle ukulele) but might be stimulated to do more. Thoughts?

Edit: I see we have a Composers Workshop subforum!

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johnhall
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Re: Octatonic

Post by johnhall » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:32 pm

Thank you Rob. I tried to keep it somewhat tonal emphasizing the D major triad and root-fifth motion in the bass. Yes I do share some scores. You can download it here for free (enter zero) or make a contribution (I won't argue): http://www.johnhallguitar.com/blog/octatonic/

John

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RobMacKillop
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Re: Octatonic

Post by RobMacKillop » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:59 pm

Purchased! I'll try it out later this evening.

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