In an analysis of the music from the opening scene for the third act of Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé, there have been noted similarities with the popular song On A Clear Day. Whether this is coincidence or appropriation is difficult to say, since the use of minor sixth chord progressions was popular among French impressionist composers and has a recognizable and poignant sound.
Contests are fun to enter. They tend to push an artist into areas that would usually not be considered, and by entering a contest there is always the very slight possibility of winning a prize of some value. By very slight, I mean being able to predict ahead of time what a panel of judges might be looking for. Putting on a turban and gazing into a crystal ball to glean what other people are going to be thinking weeks from now is very similar.
The music production software company Native Instruments will celebrate their 20th anniversary in October of this year. Isn’t that exciting? Most people have no idea this company even exists, but it is well known among composers for their sampling software Kontakt, which has become the de facto standard for the recording and performance of professional orchestral virtual instruments.
In the late 1970’s, video was an exciting experimental medium. Nam June Paik created the famous “TV Bra for Living Sculpture,” a piece where two tiny video screens covered cellist Charlotte Moorman’s breasts and her cello partly covered the rest. Other early video artists include Bruce Nauman, William Wegman and Peter Campus.
Time for another competition! This time it’s sponsored by Sonokinetics, a Dutch sound sample library that has carved a niche with their orchestral phrase libraries. I’ve always been a big fan of repeated riffs and was on the Sonokinetic bandwagon when they released their first phrase library in 2012. I composed the score for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari using their Vivace during a three week timespan.