On Re-composition….

August 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

Amazing how time flies, Chrysalisespecially when you are the kind of alien that doesn’t count the hours.

In 2007 I began what would end up being my first foray into multi-album suites. Tomorrow Will Tell The Story was always set to be the successor to The Tide Decides, but at first it was not planned that they would begin the multi-album trilogy that they began. The Tide Decides was always meant to be a concept album on its own, at its outset inspired by the grim facts, as well as pre-cognitions of a planet and species bent on ecological disaster. The concept came to me in late 2003 and morphed from its grim beginnings into a metaphysical and metaphorical fairy tale about the life of one human being, and the life of the earth running at the same speed, to death do us part ways.

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The Tide Decides began after a rather drug-filled period of my life in college, and as it’s compositions worked themselves out in a number of ways, it became apparent that there was not only one ‘version’ of the album, but at least two. People (including musicians) have often scoffed at me as to why I could see the album in multiple ways / arrangements / orchestrations. Although I was already attuned to such flights of fancy, never had I been so inundated by differing and divergent paths that a piece of music could take. I still have the original early demos which had almost zero guitar and were primarily built from electronic sounds. The final version of The Tide Decides ended out being a 50-50 split between real acoustic instrumentation and the original electronic approach.

 

One thing my musician friends over the years have noted is that I have a strange ability and fascination with rearranging, reorchestrating, and even re-composition. On the upcoming album slated for release later this year, I’ve gone completely full circle with this approach and produced two entirely different versions of the same song, titled Begin to Remember vr 1, and vr 2. I am officially calling it a “double song”, vr 1 is completely acoustic, and vr 2 is completely electronic. Their lyrics are exactly the same. The only thing else that is the same is bits of melody, and the meter.

https://music.appstate.edu/about/jmtp/hearing-what-might-have-been%C2%9D-using-recomposition-foster-music-appreciation-theory

-Ethan

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