June 27, 2006
I just finished scoring the dynamic climax of the new piece. Here’s the PDF of those two pages. The loudest part of this transition includes the return of those big trombone and horn rips first heard at the opening of the piece. Oh, and piccolo playing a high flutter-tongued B at quadruple-forte.
I’m awfully curious to hear this. The MIDI can’t quite do what’s on the page. There’s a bunch of very slow pitch bending, both in the trombones and in the high clarinets, which will sound pretty freaky. I actually got the idea for this from hearing a recording of a bad performance of a friend’s piece. (The clarinets were playing a “unison.”) It’s a fantastically horrifying sound.
Oh — and at the beginning of the page, percussion 1 is waterphone, percussion 4 is bass drum, 5 is crotales, and 6 is vibes.
It’s a little discouraging. I think I spent the whole day on these two pages. Two pages! And it looks like there’s nothing going on! Fortunately, the whole piece is probably only 12 pages long. Still, it seems unlikely I’ll finish by the time my mother arrives tomorrow night — especially since AEJ and I have become addicted to the DVDs of the new Battlestar Galactica, sent to us as a house-warming present several months ago by Collins. We finally watched the first DVD a few days ago, and we’re hooked. Great show. Would you expect anything less from the man who also created Knight Rider?