The 30 Days Project: Day 6

Fun with Metronomes!

I really like the kind of music that evokes ticking clocks — especially ones that aren’t working properly, or multiple ticks out of sync, etc. Some composers I know of who do this sort of thing are György Ligeti (I’m thinking of his second string quartet) and Harrison Birtwhistle.

At one point when I was recording from my digital piano into ProTools, I discovered that the audio connection picked up the piano’s metronome sound along with the, well, piano sound. I was annoyed about that at the time (until I figured out how to create a click track in ProTools 🙂 ), but today I decided to use it as an Integral Part of the Compositional Process.

I like juxtaposing strictly rhythmic material with more freeflowing ideas. The results are interestingly off-kilter sounding. I also looped the sound of the piano decaying to make a slightly spooky background sound.

Click play to listen:

Thanks for listening!


2 Responses

  1. I enjoyed it…About 60 years I wrote a poem about your music. In adolescent passion, it ends: Be quiet, oh real world, Let me hear for one long minute the intoxicating beat of individuality.

    Thanks for the remembrace.

  2. Kind of avant-garde. It grew on me as I listened.

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