Saturday, October 5, 2013

20.) Roof Rain October 3, 2013

This piece is composed entirely of the first transposition of Messiaen's 2nd mode, aka the diminished or octatonic scale.  This scale happens to be the one I'm most familiar with, probably because it has a very convenient shape on the keyboard.  I combined this technique with the technique of added values.  Messiaen often added a dot to one note of a phrase which would otherwise have been rhythmically even.  In Roof Rain, this is done in the left hand part fairly clearly.  I thought it would be fun to improvise over.  I enjoyed it.

We're having a new roof put on the house, which consists of the old shingles and trim being torn off.  So for the past couple weeks there has been a fairly steady flow of debris falling off the house and landing in the yard.  It's a terrible mess, but there's really no way to avoid it.  We're looking forward to a leak-free roof and a clean yard.

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