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    Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    see also previous post of beginning of this -- this is a follow-on to the same post....


    My Setting of Scenes by Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett
    14 parts - 10 to go.... this is a cumulative listing .... 3 and 4 are newest.....

    Scenes
    1. Against the lingerie-color sunset,
    orange and pink and filmy as a negligee, two dogs fight in a liquor store parking lot, mouths on throats, blood an inkling in the neon advertising bargains on imports. Their long shadows go slo-mo in the skittering gravel and spin under dust’s little weather systems. Customers seem to glow, sidling past then leaving with purchases.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6559885


    2. Even the curtains move
    woozily in a room the knockout gas has seeped through, making the rug and the lampshade and the couch smell like medicine. A man whistles and tilts, does a dance called “My Whole Body Feels Like an Arm I’ve Slept Funny On.” He believes he’s an iceberg. He thinks he’s a thundercloud. Suddenly he sings, “Oh, I could die right here, in the delirium of air.”
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6589379


    3. Footprints in a prison yard’s snow,
    different sizes of the same shoe in loopy, raggedy patterns, fill with those drifting hieroglyphs falling a long way to shine all night in the floodlights. They scroll in horizontal lines like a stream of arbitrary numbers. Snow fills the nest a bird has built bit by bit by bit (burnt matches, newsprint, hair) in the fence’s concertina wire.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6598285


    4. Rags soaked in so much fuel
    the basement boiler seen past them looks shimmery catch fire. How leisurely flames stroll unfinished wallboards. Through attic windows, angled daylight, speckled with dust, shines on a dictionary with pages stained yellow, orange, and purple with pressed summer wildflowers.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6607294
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    Karen:
    You never disappoint. Beautiful work. I especially like the melodic and harmonic structure of #3 and was glad to hear some steady (stirring) pulse in #4. The surprise ending in #4 is also a real jewel.

    Steve

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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    Quote Originally Posted by sosmus View Post
    Karen:
    You never disappoint. Beautiful work. I especially like the melodic and harmonic structure of #3 and was glad to hear some steady (stirring) pulse in #4. The surprise ending in #4 is also a real jewel.

    Steve
    really? Thanks, Steve.....i must be tired.... i feel so uninspired right now, and when i listened to that pic. third at the end of 4 last time, i was feeling kind of digusted I couldn't come up with something else -- but then i get in that place and everything i write sounds like crap to me.... OK, i guess i need to take my vitamins and haul myself up by my bootstraps ;-) Thanks so much for listening! It certainly is a challenge for me, setting such evocative and free-form text to music... so far Aaron liked what he has heard. I decided on #4 that it was time I overcame my confusion about percussion and at least started trying to write more of it into my music. There is a part I couldn't write in -- a crackling sound like that which happens when a fire burns, which on experimentation, i think could be done by crumpling the right kind of paper or cellophane.... maybe at some point when i feel more chipper I could ask you a few questions about percussion notation?

    Thanks again, Steve!
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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    Karen:
    You're being too hard on yourself because you're too close to it.
    i must be tired.... i feel so uninspired right now, and when i listened to that pic. third at the end of 4 last time, i was feeling kind of digusted I couldn't come up with something else
    It may be "old hat" but it works perfectly here.
    maybe at some point when i feel more chipper I could ask you a few questions about percussion notation?
    I'll be glad to help but I'm still exploring and learning myself.
    Get some rest!

    Steve

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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    I'm going to bump this, because it is really an update to mt previous post of the first movement of Scenes..... and has more.
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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    Karen:
    I think I'll just make up a form letter with all the good praise words in it to save me doing it every time I listen to something you've just written.
    This wasn't broken but you did a good job of fixing it anyway. Is that one of those "jazzy" chords at the end of #2? I still like the "Tierce de Picardie" at the end of the 4th mvmt.
    Steve

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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    Hey thanks, Steve -- I still need to look at the chormatics that bothered you in (I think) #1, btw, haven't forgotten.

    Look for an email.....

    Karen
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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    With the various forum posts on the Anstett work, plus our
    personal correspondence, Karen, I think I've gotten quite out
    of sync with the whole series. I know I've listened to
    most of these, but I don't know whether I commented on
    them in the forum, or in email, or both or neither or not... lol!

    One I know I missed, though, was Rags... another fine
    addition to the series. Of particular note across all of these,
    Karen, is the consistency of the writing; how well the
    individual movements fit, and work, together.

    Perhaps when personal matters resolve more (my condolences,
    once again), you can do a single post to knit this all
    together for us!

    All my best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    OK, Dave, you got it... here is the complete list of Aaron's "Scenes". The first seven have links to the music. The last 7 will be a "part 2" when i get to them -- as usual, i have a few things on the front burner.

    August 1st is Aaron's birthday bash, and I have a printed copy to give to him as a birthday present. I haven't put it up on lulu yet, but i'd be happy to send a score to anyone interested in a particular piece.

    "Rags..." (#4) happens to be one of my personal favorites. I think #6 would be my other favorite at the moment.

    Dave, was glad to hear you feel they hang together -- was a little concerned about that, because each part presents a different mood and different musical challenges. Maybe the use of string orchestra helps unify the piece too... (?)

    As always, many thanks for listening. It actually helps me get more grounded and focused after mom's death to get back to what I love -- music, and be back in touch with my musical family.

    Scenes by Aaron Anstett
    Music by KE Peace

    1. Against the lingerie-color sunset,
    orange and pink and filmy as a negligee, two dogs fight in a liquor store parking lot, mouths on throats, blood an inkling in the neon advertising bargains on imports. Their long shadows go slo-mo in the skittering gravel and spin under dust’s little weather systems. Customers seem to glow, sidling past then leaving with purchases.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6559885

    2. Even the curtains move
    woozily in a room the knockout gas has seeped through, making the rug and the lampshade and the couch smell like medicine. A man whistles and tilts, does a dance called “My Whole Body Feels Like an Arm I’ve Slept Funny On.” He believes he’s an iceberg. He thinks he’s a thundercloud. Suddenly he sings, “Oh, I could die right here, in the delirium of air.”
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6589379

    3. Footprints in a prison yard’s snow,
    different sizes of the same shoe in loopy, raggedy patterns, fill with those drifting hieroglyphs falling a long way to shine all night in the floodlights. They scroll in horizontal lines like a stream of arbitrary numbers. Snow fills the nest a bird has built bit by bit by bit (burnt matches, newsprint, hair) in the fence’s concertina wire.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6598285

    4. Rags soaked in so much fuel
    the basement boiler seen past them looks shimmery catch fire. How leisurely flames stroll unfinished wallboards. Through attic windows, angled daylight, speckled with dust, shines on a dictionary with pages stained yellow, orange, and purple with pressed summer wildflowers.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6607294

    5. The antique pornographic film
    projected across a kneeling man’s unclothed back, bodies doing what along his spine, stays nothing more than light that might well ceaselessly travel, swift and immaterial, when he rises and steps aside, but here someone’s sudden, outstretched palm lifts in front of the rays: two torsos splayed out on the fingers and sepia splashing the gallery walls.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6628143

    6. Who is it holds film
    up to sunlight beside a parked car in a desert, squinting through each frame threaded between her thumb and forefinger? The engine ticks, and a few lizards flit from cactus to cactus, making time seem to stutter. She stands in a long, flowered dress, seeing far purple hills with one eye and something that makes the expression on her face change and change and change with the other.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6632246


    7. Dusk, shadows
    grown long on the freshly cut public park grasses, the few children not called home yet run faster from swings to slides and back again. The many-colored lights of televisions sparkle through house windows all around. One small boy hears his mother then lies down and plays dead, level with the lit horizon and bigger than the distant, scribbled mountains.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6635301

    8. Ceiling fans burn
    drinkers’ cigarettes quicker, adrift in ashtrays, held dreaming between fingers, pressed trembling to lips. One woman shakes hers toward her listener, punctuating points she makes, their faces softened in the long, wavery mirror. One hour, the drink special’s over, but who can tell the time in here? The clock between two vodka bottles runs, what, 15, 20, 30 minutes faster?

    9. Noon, a woman
    walks from her front door to the mountains, through foothills, where trees run to scrub, then, higher, to aspen. Air thins, and she stops to rest, imagining the purely skeletal repeated figure journeying in scrolls: one person at separate times and increased heights. She stands near a pool of water at the summit in barely enough light to see the house she’s traveled far from.

    10. A man puts his hands
    on his wife’s face as they sleep. She presses her wrist to the back of his neck. All night they coil and wreathe like the letters of the alphabet of a language whose last native speaker died long ago, their blankets, kicked away and pulled back again, writing and erasing them. After the alarm clock, she moves to say something. He puts a finger to her lips.

    11. Hair waving like lake grasses
    fish flicker through—a body standing upright under water seems a body in a larger, larger room—arms held up and forward like a sleepwalker’s, who leaves the house in nightclothes to drift through a meadow, head tilted skyward as if searching a ceiling for cracks. Wound around the legs, rope’s woven through the cinder blocks it takes to anchor this one, who sways like someone hearing distant, beautiful music.

    12. The body,
    surface area inches above the water’s, rises and slides over the lip of a claw-footed bathtub, around which floorboards, beneath their checkerboard linoleum, weaken and leak. Single drops spatter a bare carpet downstairs. The body’s fall shakes a few photographs from a table. They, too, climb, a few, like the body, face up. On the water’s level, ascending finish, the letters of an inked note run.

    13. The tattooist’s tattooed hands,
    in increasingly ink-splotched surgical gloves, lift from and lie on a man’s stripped chest. When they lift for the last time: a heart directly above and same size as the real one, pierced with an arrow from whose point three tattooed blood-drops drip blood, all wrapped in a banner lettered with a woman’s name, despite the warning.

    14. Buildings, people,
    street-level neon gleam in the moving mirror a bus window makes in a sunlit city. How much eyes must see in each filmed frame: drinkers through a bar’s open doorway, one shoe on a sidewalk, scattering pigeons, and they beaks, heads, fat bodies lifted on oily wings. Checks Cashed, Bail Bonds, Good Food, Tattoo flash, letters backwards, across a passenger’s sleeping face.
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    Scores at: http://stores.lulu.com/ke_peace

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    Re: Karen's musical setting of Aaron Anstett's Scenes

    Oh a couple more notes ... #5 may not hang together with the others, it is acapella unlike the others and quite even-rhythmed. See what you all think.

    Also, the easiest way to listen to them all in sequence is to go to my main soundclick page (www.soundclick.com/kepeaceusa) , where a player loads with all the music -- in this player, scroll down to "Choral: Scenes 01.." Click it and just let it run through them all.

    K
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