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mikey

October 2, 2007

mikey” (click for mp3)

welcome back to the jon steinmeier song a week super blog blitzkrieg. this weeks song, “mikey”, is a fun little electro dance sci-fi cinema sound scape.

i felt like doing a little semi-programmatic thingy this week, and play a bit with sounds and atmospheres. i get into this zone sometimes, inspired in part by sounds that i find. in this case, i’m using some of the same “kraftwerkesque” drum sounds from last weeks song “berlin” but in a more instrumental way, and playing more with atmospheric samples.

i like that the piece is a bit ADD, and moves from idea to idea and back in a pretty short space. and it’s a different sort of “composition” that i’ve gotten into a lot in the past year or so, getting away from chord changes and song forms a bit.

it’s also the sort of piece that i imagine a video with, as the main focus of the piece. in that sense, consider it “unfinished” until one of you brilliant videographers wants to take a stab at it. let me know! i can pay you in hugs.

thanks for listening!

j

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counterweight

July 21, 2007

alrighty team. here’s the first steiny new music blog! zowie. “counterweight” is a two part fugue for piano. i didn’t stick to the fugue criteria strickly, but used it as a road map, or inspiration for the piece. for example, the openning few bars of the right hand part (the higher of the two voices) is the theme, actually in a theme A and theme B sort of way over the first eight bars. the second voice (left hand, lower register) begins the theme one beat after the right had starts, creating a canon for a few beats, but then veering from that into a combination of accompaniment and counterpoint.

ok…here’s the idea. that main theme shows up throughout the piece, in both voices at different times. but i also cut up the theme into it’s smaller ideas, such as the ONE E AND (du du du) rhythm that appears throughout, my idea being to base everything in the piece directly or indirectly on those first few bars. you might have a listen and try to find all the places where said theme appears, sometimes in the way it was originally presented and sometimes a little screwy…speaking of which, part of the fun i had with this one was making the original thematic material go “outside” the key a little (why it sounds a little weird, or dissonant) and making the variations or mutations of this theme get even more dissonant, or “outside.” to get a better idea, you could play a theme on the piano on all white keys (maybe starting on C), and at some point, throw a few consecutive black keys in the mix and notice that the whole thing feels like it’s gotten a little jekyll and hydeee. 🙂

along the lines of the fugue, what i did was present a short version of the theme (first couple of bars) starting in different keys throughout the piece, firstly at the FIFTH of the original key. later, it shows up at the original ONE again, but the intervals are all EXPANDED (bigger jumps), and then it shows up in the left hand at the minor 7th of the orginal key, then the original again in the RH, then the minor 7th again, then the 4th of the key, and then i just sort of wrote my way out, using rhythms and harmonic ideas from the previous material.

ack…sorry. what i hope you would do with anything like this (especially the bach inventions) is just listen for that “theme” or main idea from the beginning of the piece and see if you can hear it appearing elsewhere in the piece, even if it’s just “close” and not exactly the same.

fun.

thanks for listening.