Here is an excerpt from a fun new piece I'm working on. The working title is "Visions," though I'm not sure I like that. The idea is a suite of miniatures that depict dreams or hallucinations. This material grew out of work I was trying to do on part 2 of Vesuvius (posted elsewhere in the Listening Room). I liked what I was writing a lot, but it didn't fit in with the other work, so a new piece was born. This section is a dance, but with a dark impish flavor to it.
Visions excerpt - 3.8 MB
I really like some of the sounds combinations I've come up with for this piece. My favorite example starts just a second or two before the 1-minute mark. The combination of two flutter tongue flutes and English horn in its lowest register over pizz strings and harp makes for a very interesting texture.
This piece is really all over the place stylistically (even in the brief two and a half minutes section I offer here). It begins about as close to atonal as I write and somehow finds itself in the middle of diatonic land with the section that begins right about at the halfway mark. Imagine the opening as an intro to this movement, which will be repeated in different variations for the other sections. Perhaps it is the trance-inducing process that invokes the vision that follows?