Maybe this is a big mistake. I got this crazy idea to map out and share my creative process in real time while writing a new composition for piano. This can potentially be very embarrassing because the intention is to post audio clips warts and all – mistakes, bad EQ, piano out of tune – all those things that make a big difference to the listening experience.
The other thing is, I don’t always like what I write. What if this piece ends up being one of those that I just abandon because it just doesn’t work? I tend to fight with my compositions a bit. By this I mean, sometimes I try to make it something it isn’t – and then I keep changing it over and over – adding and subtracting, adding, subtracting, until I have exhausted every possible variation and discarded everything except, what I feel, is working. It can be a very tedious process. I can already tell that this piece is going to be one of those pieces.
I usually don’t write from beginning to end. I’ll come up with some idea – which usually bares no fruit – but in the process of working that out, I’ll stumble across something that catches my ear. This first phrase did that – but it is very unusual for me with parallel fifths in the right hand pretty much on the diatonic scale. It “disguised” the parallel fifths with a complementary overlapping triad in the left hand – but not as well as I would have liked. I then worked out contrary motion in tuplets.
These are painful to listen to – apologies in advance. But this is how it sounds when I’m first putting something together:
Then, to try and play the phrase better, I isolated my right hand and found that it seemed to make a good introduction and contrast to the two hands. So It ended up sounding like this:
At the end, I can tell it needs to go somewhere else but don’t know where just yet – so I just kind of klunk out.
I’ll try to keep posting updates once a week until the piece if finished – hopefully that won’t be years from now.