Turbine Peek

I’m chugging away at the orchestration of “Turbine.” If you’re curious how it starts, here are the first two pages in PDF format. (In Safari, it looks a little weird when it first loads the page, but the fonts are all fine on the redraw.)

Since there’s no percussion key yet, here’s what’s happening at the very beginning:
Percussion 1: Choked China cymbal, followed by splash and suspended crash cymbal
Percussion 2: Two brake drums of different sizes
Percussion 3: Two more brake drums, of still different sizes
Percussion 4: Tam-tam, then marimba
Percussion 5: A second tam-tam, as well as a suspended crash cymbal
Percussion 6: Bass drum
Percussion 7: Bass drum 2

So, that’s two tam-tams, 2 bass drums, and 4 brake drums in the first bar, all played as loud as possible.

I love loud. And fast.

Don’t worry; it all quiets down by the middle of page 3. But only for a moment… 🙂

To be continued!


Nikk Pilato says

Looks good. Can't wait to hear it in February. How many hours a day would you say you spend composing/laying out parts?

Newman says

Oooh ... 5/8+2/4 groove, NIIIICE!

John Mackey says

Nikk -- Good question, and it varies! When I'm working full-steam, I can spend 12 hours a day orchestrating or copying. When I'm writing and creating brand new material, I fizzle out after a total of 6 hours or so, usually much less -- often 3 hours-ish. Copying, score layout, and even orchestration aren't nearly as exhausting, so I can spend lots of hours doing it, and have little concept of how much time has gone by.

That said, there's family visiting this weekend, so I won't be spending much time at all on this until Monday -- but then I'll try to put in very long days to attempt to make a lot of progress. Seeing a finished page -- like these first two -- is incredibly motivating, because a piece finally looks like "real music" when it reaches this state. It makes me want to make lots more pretty pages. :)

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