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Write for the Players and Play like a Writer

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How can a composer control the flow of musical information in a piece that’s improvised? How do you get a group to improvise together without it turning into an out of control free jazz fusion blowing session? Use the best … Continue reading

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Think Ahead and Write Backwards–An Overview of Top-Down Composing

Here’s what comes to mind when I try to come up with a direct way to explain “top-down” writing. Pick and choose words that fit as you see it: The TOP (melody, gesture, idea, phrase) influences (changes, guides, moves, anticipates, … Continue reading

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Life=good! DAW’s=bad?

Life imitates art. Process over result. Form follows function. Words of wisdom, Lloyd, words of wisdom. I’d like to continue the discussion of what I call “writing from the top down,” not to make a pedantic plea of paternal purism, … Continue reading

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Driving a Corrupt Convertible in Cali (top down)

So I was yacking it up with a fellow composer yesterday about the musical vagueness present in the music business these days, specifically how it relates to those who write music for broadcast or sync for a living (which I … Continue reading

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Monk-jitsu

Monk got me again–I was driving on the 405 when “Body and Soul” came on Jazz 88.1–something about driving makes me listen differently; maybe it’s the steadiness of freeway driving, the drone of the road– maybe when I only half … Continue reading

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