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    twisted music-hall(!)

    Hey all,

    http://www.audiophobic.com/topper04.mp3 (3mb approx)

    Just finished a rough mix of a (reworked) track from a dance-theatre piece called "The Great Little Tilley" soon to be on national tour in the UK. The show is a sort-of biopic about the life of music hall star Vesta Tilley -this piece is called "Topper" and is kind of odd and off-kilter as suits the odd and off-kilter dance duet that it supports. It's still kind of rough and will remain so until the choreographer has heard all the changes next week.

    The original score was created in Reason for the regional tour last year. As soon as we heard about the national tour I thought "right! A job for GPO!" Only another seven or so pieces to go...

    cheers!

    Andy
    http://www.audiopHoBic.com
    Soundtracks for Theatre, Dance & Film

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    This is really nice. I like how you've developed this with the main pizz part offset with other things. As a piece of music, it kind of goes on too long with the same general kind of thing, but in conjunction with the dance duet I'm sure it works really well.
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    I like this, especially starting at about the 2 minute mark to the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shazbot
    This is really nice. I like how you've developed this with the main pizz part offset with other things. As a piece of music, it kind of goes on too long with the same general kind of thing, but in conjunction with the dance duet I'm sure it works really well.
    Thanks! It is what I call funtional music- it's there to do a job for a set period of time and to provide rythmic and thematic space for the choreographer to fill. As such it doesn't have the normal development/resoultion that you would expect from "standalone" pieces. It is however very typical of my style - I'm fascinated with simple repetitive themes that develop very slowly over time. Brian Eno's "Thursday Afternoon" takes one motif and lets it develop over 61 minutes!

    Thanks for listening.
    http://www.audiopHoBic.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiopHoBic
    Thanks! It is what I call funtional music- it's there to do a job for a set period of time and to provide rythmic and thematic space for the choreographer to fill.
    Enjoyed this piece! Similarly, much great film music feels a bit stark and/or static when separated from its visuals...but creates the perfect tension or other emotion in context. Besides, there is really plenty going on once you let the ostinato sort of slip under your consciousness...my favorite example of this in the 'legit' arena is the latter part of the last movement of Stravinsky's Sympony of Psalms with it long, slow ostinato underpinning subtly evolving chords...

    Brian

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    That was fantastic!

    I really like your orchestral coloring. The crescendos and sudden endings of the chords were highly effective. The piano part coming in and contrasting (yet supporting) the pizzicato parts was an especially nice touch.

    Great Job.

    Jerry Wickham

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    Re: twisted music-hall(!)

    Andy,

    It would be great to see the dance duet. Have you written for dance before? You seem to have a flair for weaving rhythm and movement. The choreographer should be very happy.

    Seven more pieces? Can't wait to hear the rest.

    It's fantastic that GPO is being used in dance. Could you let us know the tour dates.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Gary Garritan

    Quote Originally Posted by audiopHoBic
    Hey all,

    http://www.audiophobic.com/topper04.mp3 (3mb approx)

    Just finished a rough mix of a (reworked) track from a dance-theatre piece called "The Great Little Tilley" soon to be on national tour in the UK. The show is a sort-of biopic about the life of music hall star Vesta Tilley -this piece is called "Topper" and is kind of odd and off-kilter as suits the odd and off-kilter dance duet that it supports. It's still kind of rough and will remain so until the choreographer has heard all the changes next week.

    The original score was created in Reason for the regional tour last year. As soon as we heard about the national tour I thought "right! A job for GPO!" Only another seven or so pieces to go...

    cheers!

    Andy

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    Thankyou all for your kind comments! I confess I have no idea what an ostinato is, but I want one! Does it come in OS-X? ;-)

    Garry, "The Great Little Tilley" (the show this piece is taken from) was my second work for The Pretty Good Girl Dance Company. Once the reworking has been done for the new tour I'll begin work on our fourth collaboration (the third project "And I'll Go My Way" was performed in January at "The Place" dance theatre in London). Before working with them I'd only produced music for theatre (mainly greek tragedy!), so it was a bit of a change of gear!

    Tour dates can be found at the dance company's site:

    http://www.prettygoodgirl.com/tourdates.htm

    and excerpts from the rest of the show can be found on the "listen" page at http://www.audiophobic.com

    BTW "Topper" refers to the story that's told immediately before the dance about how a near-riot broke out in Victorian London when the Top Hat was first worn in public!

    Andy
    http://www.audiopHoBic.com
    Soundtracks for Theatre, Dance & Film

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    OK, my Oxford Dictionary of Music defines "Ostinato" as "Obstinate, persistent" - it's like they know me!

    ;-)


    Andy
    http://www.audiopHoBic.com
    Soundtracks for Theatre, Dance & Film

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    Re: twisted music-hall(!)

    Quote Originally Posted by audiopHoBic
    OK, my Oxford Dictionary of Music defines "Ostinato" as "Obstinate, persistent" - it's like they know me!
    LOL ... It refers to a repeating melodic and rhythmic pattern, often in the bass.

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