November 11, 2008
Asphalt Cocktail: Drunken Relief
I finished the final draft score of “Asphalt Cocktail” today. Now I just need to generate the parts, which is usually a pain in the asphalt. (HA! I may be a little loopy…)
If you’re curious to see the score, you can check out the PDF on the newly-added “Asphalt Cocktail” page.
If you’re a horn, euphonium, or trumpet player, let me know how those parts look. There are some trumpet leaps that I haven’t tried before, the euphonium part is awfully high (and I’m worried it’s too high), and there are some nasty horn sounds that I’m hoping are possible (very low, brassy flutter-tongued stuff).
I feel pretty good about the piece, but I’m way too close to really be able to tell anything about it anymore. The percussion section basically plays rock percussion for six minutes. The highlight, if it works the way I hope, is on page 37, where the groove finally settles into a trashy rock 4/4, complete with back-beats accentuated by the slamming of metal-filled steel trash cans into the floor. (A shout-out to Scott Harris at Stephen F. Austin State University for showing me that.) The trash can is small (only about 12″ tall), and it’s picked up and slammed by the lid handles (with the lids taped on like crazy), so it’s a controlled slam that should sound a little like an amplified set of chains.
It’s kind of like the Mahler Hammer, but more white trash.