The project is now live.
Robert Anton Wilson - Schrodingers Cat trilogy
The Universe Next Door (machine)
The Trick Top Hat (machine, joon, shadow)
The Homing Pigeons (jelica, CNN)
Ambient sounds/voices recorded 2/15/18 processed w. echo, reverb, phaser, no EQ
Voices: machine, joon, shadow, jelica, CNN
Couldn’t resist this week’s Junto as it’s so close to the sort of stuff I’ve released (I’ve done a soundtrack to J.G. Ballard’s “High Rise” and just recently written my own sci-fi novel and created a soundtrack to it.) For this I chose William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies (about a group of school boys who begin to turn on each other after being marrooned on a island) - a novel I’ve recently re-read after reading a biography of Golding that I got for Xmas. I was struck by the novel’s slightly hallucinatory quality this time (it reminded me a lot of Ballard and you could argue that it and High Rise are almost opposite sides of the same coin) and wanted to give the music that feel too along with a primitive quality. I used my Random Source Serge modules for the bass drones, Drums and flute fx from Project Sam Orchestral Essentials 2 and Whirly Tubes and Tongue Drum from Sonic Couture’s Imogen Heap: Box Of Tricks. I’ve tagged the sections with the chapter names.
It’s been decades since I read Lord of the Flies, but this brings it all back to me. Excellent work!
This is a listening companion to The Little Prince. I didn’t really make a loop for each chapter, more like for different sections of the book. The song should end after the dark part and the bell (at around 2:20). The would correspond to the end of the book. Instead I added an extra section trying to answer the question “What if Small Prince had sublimed with the Gzilt?”.
The Wind in the Willows is a classic children’s novel written in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame, following the adventures of four animals (Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger) in various capers. The book timeless message of wit, wisdom and whimsy has entertained readers of all ages for generations.
Suss Müsik assigned each character a voice or phrase, then composed a series of loops in different lengths to represent each chapter’s setting: a zither to represent the hidden mysteries of the Wild Wood, syncopated percussion for Toad’s ongoing fascination with motorcars, etc. We took some artistic license with transitions between chapters.
For those who wish to follow the narrative, a synopsis of each chapter is represented below with cue points:
0:00 - Chapter 1. “The River Bank.” Mole leaves his underground home and discovers Rat paddling down the river in a boat, expressing his curiosity of the world above ground.
00:10 - Chapter 2. “The Open Road.” Rat takes Mole to meet Toad, and the three embark on a romantic journey across the countryside. Toad pursues an excessive compulsion to recklessly drive several expensive motorcars.
00:38 - Chapter 3. “The Wild Wood.” Mole and Rat get lost in the Wild Wood in the midst of a snowstorm. Cold, hungry and terrified, the two accidentally come upon Badger’s front door.
01:07 - Chapter 4. “Mr. Badger.” Badger invites Mole and Rat into his home, where they rest for a few days and discuss what to do about Toad’s mercurial behavior and dangerous driving habits.
01:39 - Chapter 5. “Dulce Domum.” Rat and Mole are traveling when Mole’s instincts cause him to suddenly realize they are walking directly above his underground home.
02:04 - Chapter 6. “Mr. Toad.” Badger, Rat and Mole attempt to speak sense to Toad, but he responds childishly and refuses to listen. Toad eventually steals and crashes an automobile, is arrested and sentenced to twenty years in jail.
02:39 - Chapter 7. “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” While searching for Otter’s missing son, Mole and Rat set out on the river and hear strange music. They come upon the deity Pan who sings them a song as the sun rises, which they immediately forget.
03:25 - Chapter 8. “Toad’s Adventures.” The jailer’s daughter takes pity on a miserable Toad and helps him escape from prison. He convinces a train engineer to let him board, only he is forced to evacuate when the train is pursued by police.
03:57 - Chapter 9. “Wayfarers All.” Rat becomes restless and enters a dreamy state in which he hears the call of the sea. Mole takes it upon himself to bring Rat back to his senses.
05:03 - Chapter 10. “The Further Adventures of Toad.” Toad insults a washerwoman, steals her horse, swindles a peddler, steals yet another car and crashes it into the river. The current takes Toad downstream where Rat plucks him to safety.
05:31 - Chapter 11. “Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears.” Toad discovers that his mansion has been taken over by his enemies. Mole, Rat and Badger develop a plan to sneak into Toad Hall through a secret passageway.
05:56 - Chapter 12. “The Return of Ulysses.” Toad Hall is reclaimed, and Toad learns that his arrogance has been the cause of his troubles. The characters celebrate and live out their days peacefully along the riverside.
The piece is titled Domum, which is Latin for “home” and echoes Grahame’s theme of returning to where you belong.
This is a strong piece of music, even outside the boundaries of the project brief.
The book I chose is The Andy Warhol Diaries, which continues to fascinate me after nearly 30 years. Since there are no chapters, I chose to divide my song into two parts, representing the 70s (Watergate, disco) and the 80s (Reagan, AIDS and Warhols death in 1987), during which the Diaries take place.
Thank you - yeah I’m now wondering whether I should extend each of the sections with some variations and release it. I would be a nice compliment to my album of music inspired by Ballard’s High Rise
The playlist is rolling:
Hey All,I will let you guess the title of my book. It is very easy to guess. I had given this book to my son for Christmas so I decided to use that one. This author had a big influence on me at that age (12). I was thinking like each short story was a separate episode of a TV show and this was the opening credits theme for each one. When I am doing music I often think visually- maybe from MTV overdose as a kid. I would do 6 tracks and then do a live mix using a crossfader to morph between. I then mixed the 3 combo tracks live. I usually like to mix live. I much prefer to let my hands work than use a mouse and I hate looking at a linear screen so i usually stay in ableton’s session mode. I used mainly retro synth plugins and delay to get what I hoped was an 80’s science fiction feel.
Ill(ustrated) Man. Love this collection.
Although a book titled Ill Man (or even I’ll Man) sounds intriguing as well.
The book I am reading at the moment, Forms Of Japan, is by one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Michael Kenna. The images speak to the heart and soul of Japan in a way that allows the viewer to feel the emotional connections. The book is in five sections, Sea, Land, Trees, Spirit and Sky.
Forms Of Japan was written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Gong and Marimba.
The score can be found at http://bit.ly/2oeALvW
Inspired by Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
Good luck to whoever picks War & Peace.
We considered The Idiot by Dostoyevsky.
In Search of Lost Time? Anyone?
Read it in high school - Crikey, that was circa 1967.