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    New Wind in Sails for Styxx

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha Penigar
    About thirty years ago I was watching some program about arts and crafts. One of the guest on the show was ask this same question about sculpting. She told the interviewer that when she fealt uninspired and was inbetween projects she "threw cups." The interviewer, like me thought that she actually picked up cups and threw them for the purpose of breaking. She laughht and then explained that she did not break cups but used clay to make coffee cups. Then she demonstrated and show a shelf that was filled with beautiful cups of various sizes and designs.

    As a result of this show I have always tried to "throw cups" with music. When I did not feel like working on some composition that I was trying to learn to perform I would practice scales, and the Hannon Exercises. Now with composition when I am between compositions or do not feel inspried to add something new to an existing composition, I write chord progressions and cadences. Then I try different types of voice movements just to see what results.
    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    This is like the longest writers drought I have ever encountered. Just can't seem to get myself back into the groove, man. Like, farm out groovy man. Powder on the people, man like dig that daddio like. Right arm, man. Like Cooooooooool.
    No music ... just woik, woik, woik! I owe I owe I owe it's off to work I go!
    So, what is the longest (keep it clean ) you have ever gone without composing, performing, and making brownies?
    Last night I was cleaning out my file cab when I accidentally shut a drawer on me copy of Strad 2! How embaraskin! I'll need to order another later, man.
    First of all let me say that I did not post this in the listening room because it is not a piece I had any intentions of post in the near future. I have posted it here because it is an example of what we are talking about in this thread.

    It is so easy to talk about something, but it is altogether different when onc can show tangible evidence to support what they mean.

    The link that follows is a perfect example of cup throwing. The title, I hope will also indicate that this did not start as a preconceived composition. I was in a very uninspired frame of being so I decided to throw cups.

    I did this in one night several weeks ago and have not returned to it. The name of the file is GPO-KP2 Load Test 2 B Minor. I inadvertantly left out part of the file name when I uploaded it.

    I had been sitting at the keyboard and thumbing through some very old photocopies of part of my Harmony Text book from Los Angeles City College days 1976-77. I was playing through several harmony keyboard exercises and happened upon a set of chord progressions that inspired me. So I opened up Finale and decided I would experiment with the newly downloaded KP2 update for full GPO. What you hear is the results of that "cup throwing session."

    For me, simply playing through chord pregressions and experimenting with cadences, more often than not will inspire me. If not then I come to NS's Listening Room and more often not overwhelmingly inspired.

    I hope that this will help to ignite the sparks in the mind and flame in the hearts of each of you.

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    Dream it! Then Do it! Good things come to those who work while they wait. [COLOR=purple]Persistence[/COLO

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    Re: New Wind in Sails for Styxx

    Those are some very nice cups you're throwing there Sam. Particularly the piano around 3:17, and i also love the rises and falls. i have to say I'm definitely inspired.

    Today i was getting ready for throwing by collecting chord progressions. Actually i put together a progression and having a lack of knowlege of theory, and of progressions, i set out to see if it maybe already exists in some other work, for some kind of affirmation i guess, that i won't end up with something that makes knowlegable people say "what the heck?". I was very surprised to find one that is very close, with just a few differences, in a rendition of "Are you lonesome tonight." Surprising because i'm not into country music and what i'm working on sounds absolutely nothing like that song, different genre, different style, different feeling, many miles away from that. Now i see where chord progressions can take you anywhere.

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    Re: New Wind in Sails for Styxx

    For me chord progressions are the foundation of al musical composition. A melody is enhanced by the chords that support it. I'm sure other composers have a different approach and conception to composition regarding chord progressions, but when I can not hear any music in my spirit, I can play chords on the piano for hours on end and more often than not I will hear something that take me in a particular direction. Especially, when I look for as many way I can play the same progressions.
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    Well I'll be dipped ... What a pleasent surprise from such a wonderful member and beautiful composer!
    Hmm, let's see ... over and over again I listen to. Ya never know!
    Styxx

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    Re: New Wind in Sails for Styxx

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Those are some very nice cups you're throwing there Sam. Particularly the piano around 3:17, and i also love the rises and falls. i have to say I'm definitely inspired.

    Today i was getting ready for throwing by collecting chord progressions. Actually i put together a progression and having a lack of knowlege of theory, and of progressions, i set out to see if it maybe already exists in some other work, for some kind of affirmation i guess, that i won't end up with something that makes knowlegable people say "what the heck?". I was very surprised to find one that is very close, with just a few differences, in a rendition of "Are you lonesome tonight." Surprising because i'm not into country music and what i'm working on sounds absolutely nothing like that song, different genre, different style, different feeling, many miles away from that. Now i see where chord progressions can take you anywhere.
    I had to go back and listen to 3:17. It is harp and piano in unison.
    Samantha Penigar
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    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...p?userid=13306

    Dream it! Then Do it! Good things come to those who work while they wait. [COLOR=purple]Persistence[/COLO

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    Re: New Wind in Sails for Styxx

    Here is a very powerful source of inspiration. And How I am truly inspired. Pulled out the score for this one and got enough inspiration to last for weeks.

    Emanual AX, The Philharmonia and Beethoven's Piano Concerto NO. 5. The visual, for me is such much more inspiring than I could have ever imagined. Unfortunately it has been nearly twelve years since I attended a live performance of this kind. It was the Little Rock Symphony Orchestra, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Sibelius Fifth Symphony. It has been about three for four years prior to that when I had attended a live performance. Talk about you out of body experiences.

    Ladies and gentlemen of the forum this is why composers compose!

    http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesou...harmonia_live/
    Last edited by Samantha Penigar; 08-07-2007 at 02:39 AM. Reason: Additions
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    Dream it! Then Do it! Good things come to those who work while they wait. [COLOR=purple]Persistence[/COLO

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