Saturday, November 9, 2013
26.) Rides November 7, 2013
Rides is a sixteen bar blues boogaloo, using all three transpositions of the octatonic scale. I happened to find a version of this bassline while messing around, and I thought it could work nicely in a blues form. And, the bassline happens to be a palindrome, and therefor a non-retrogradable rhythm. I originally had the center note as a quarter note, in a 5/4 meter, but decided to add a dot to it, in order to create a phrase that has a prime number of beats. So this piece utilizes three of Messiaen's techniques: modes of limited transposition, non-retrogradable rhythms, and prime numbers. And what's best is that it really sounds nothing like Messiaen. If fact I can feel him shaking his head in disgust. Great!
It was difficult to compose the melody because the bassline was very damn fun to play on. I continually found myself improvising for extended periods, while I was trying to get the melody down. It's just a fun thing to play. I enjoyed it.