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    Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Here's the latest completed movement of The Cornell Boxes, commemorating the art of Joseph Cornell.

    Soap Bubble Set, 1941
    And the Image: Soap Bubble Set, 1941

    I have to say that this piece has really been troublesome to me. I'm having an impossible time getting the sound and balance I want in this realization, but it's time to set it aside for now or it will drive me crazy. It's a very subtle piece, and I need a more graceful sordino string sound. Perhaps when I'm ready to come back to it, GOS2 or GPOA will be out. (fingers crossed!)

    Here are the previously posted movements:

    Hotel Eden (mp3) (Image).
    Tilly Losch (Balloon Girl) (mp3) (Image).
    Sand Fountain (mp3) (New Image).

    There are two (possibly three!) movements yet to come, Introduction, The Workshop, and possibly Rose Castle, if I can get past some new sketches.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    I couldn't resist a smile when the bubble popped at
    the end; though that's a micro-motif throughout, for
    some reason that last one made me crack a grin.

    I think I understand what you mean with the strings; but
    I'd very much like to see the score sometime.

    This is, as so often the case with you, a subtle piece
    that not only requires but deserves several listens,
    so one may fully enter the eloquent realm of Kowalski.

    Maintaining that virtually constant A,E figure almost
    unfailing throughout without it once becoming wearing
    (in fact, it submerges so nicely, you often don't
    realize it's there) -- that's a heck of hat trick, Jamie.
    Sam Barber probably would have gotten a nano-canonic
    chuckle out of that.

    But enough taking things apart. Despite its surficially
    undramatic and measured progress, this movement is
    strikingly impactful, and in keeping with the genitor
    of its soapy substace, cleansing of the musical
    palette.

    A tour de force mounted flawlessly atop a a pristine film
    comprised of barest resources, my friend: I applaud
    this one unreservedly...

    With admiration,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quite impressive to be able to travel so far and go nowwhere at the same time. Loved the popping of the bubble.

    Well done

    Ron

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    I enjoyed this. I just sort of floated along in a different place.



    Phil

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Two elements fascinate me:

    The repetitive hypnosis that won't let go and the playfully creative teetering of instruments. Makes my head "tilt" like the dog examining the first Victor "Talking Machine" Phonograph.

    A great treat to say the least!

    Michael
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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I couldn't resist a smile when the bubble popped at the end; though that's a micro-motif throughout, for some reason that last one made me crack a grin.
    Hi David!

    I don't usually describe something as literally as that bubble burst in my music, but here I just couldn't resist. I spent a very long time finding exactly the right notes to describe it, and am rather pleased with it. My wife laughed out loud when she heard it, so I guess I hit the mark.

    I think I understand what you mean with the strings; but I'd very much like to see the score sometime.
    I will post the score to all the movements when the suite is complete. I haven't written anything out on paper at this point.

    Maintaining that virtually constant A,E figure almost unfailing throughout without it once becoming wearing (in fact, it submerges so nicely, you often don't realize it's there) -- that's a heck of hat trick, Jamie. Sam Barber probably would have gotten a nano-canonic chuckle out of that.
    I'm glad this is working then... it's the one thing most worrying me about the piece. I'm thinking that maybe some help from Strad and Gofriller on the sections will help on the strings. I'm just getting too much attack on the notes. It's all for very long slow bowing, usually 12 notes per bow. I think having just the right sound will help the motive fit into the texture, and feel even less repetitive/wearing. (and ok, what the heck is a nano-canonic chuckle??)

    But enough taking things apart. Despite its surficially undramatic and measured progress, this movement is strikingly impactful, and in keeping with the genitor of its soapy substace, cleansing of the musical palette.

    A tour de force mounted flawlessly atop a a pristine film comprised of barest resources, my friend: I applaud this one unreservedly...
    Thank you for all the comments. They really are a great help. I've come to really trust your ear, and always look forward to your thoughts.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw

    ...ok, what the heck is a nano-canonic chuckle?
    Not quite sure, myself. But that's what Sam said.
    I'll ask him about that when I talk to him this
    weekend... though in his present state, he tends
    to be a bit vague about things.

    Best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    This work is really coming along, Jamie. I think I understand what you mean about needing a smoother string sound. Strad and Goff will definitely help the note transitions (I'm hoping someday I'll join the ranks!). I'm always having to throw a couple solo strings lower in the mix and give them a touch of portamento, or even just some pitch bend movement to smooth the transitions is enough. Other times it just takes a bit of extra love in the mod wheel data to get all the notes to play nicely together. Very nice writing!!!

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer
    Quite impressive to be able to travel so far and go nowwhere at the same time. Loved the popping of the bubble.

    Well done
    Thanks Ron. I actually like the notion of "going nowhere" here. Those bubbles are all trapped in that box, so they don't get very far!

    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane
    I enjoyed this. I just sort of floated along in a different place.
    Thank you, Phil. I appreciate you taking a listen and commenting.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Soap Bubble Set, 1941 (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Wiktor
    Two elements fascinate me:

    The repetitive hypnosis that won't let go and the playfully creative teetering of instruments. Makes my head "tilt" like the dog examining the first Victor "Talking Machine" Phonograph.

    A great treat to say the least!
    Hi Michael,

    I really like your description of your reaction. That "head tilt" is precisely what one feels when standing in front of one of these curious little boxes in real life. If I managed to do that I am very pleased.

    Thank you for your kind words.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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