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    Hello! Thought I'd share my works in here by making a thread for it. You can expect a number of finished works, sketches, texts, ideas and general updates on my composition work over time in here.

    I've been composing for a number of years now and I think this is a direction I would like to pursue for the future, in both instrumental/vocal and electronic mediums.

    I don't have a lot I would like to share at this moment, but I will let you know when a recording of a string quartet I wrote will be coming through, played by JACK Quartet who are amazing and I love them to bits.

    In the meantime here's an electroacoustic work I made which you can stream. I have been trying to get used to slower paced, longer forms, and I hope I have been able to at least achieve something with this, even though this probably isn't all that good.
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    The link you gave didn't work.

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    Ah, just fixed that, it should work now!

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    It works now. I just started up Blue, it's very interesting, it seems this music would work well for a horror movie soundtrack.

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    You look oddly familiar Jess. Are you sure there is nothing you want to shirime?
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    You look oddly familiar Jess. Are you sure there is nothing you want to shirime?
    Hello Phil, nice to see you here, I seem to have forgotten my old account details but I'd much rather not go back to any old accounts since coming out as female.

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    No worries, I had always taken you for a female.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    This is a text I have put together for a cantata being premiered in 2020. I will have finished the majority of the music by February, so expect to see some progress updates from time to time! Thoughts and feedback is most welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by composer jess View Post
    This is a text I have put together for a cantata being premiered in 2020. I will have finished the majority of the music by February, so expect to see some progress updates from time to time! Thoughts and feedback is most welcome.
    Heavy words! Very forceful and commanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    Heavy words! Very forceful and commanding.
    Thanks! Kind of inspired by the directness of Brecht, although I didn't actually use any of his texts. I hope to have created at least something of a loose narrative with the way I have organised these.

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    Sounds like a well put together compilation jess. It seems like I hear some elements that remind me of other composers in here, such as Xenakis and Francisco Lopez. I'm not really an expert in this aesthetic, so my question is, do you feel you have taken your influences and expanded this style in some way? Do you see this effort as pushing boundaries in some ways (if so how?), or more so a combination of different contemporary stylistic traits you enjoy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    Sounds like a well put together compilation jess. It seems like I hear some elements that remind me of other composers in here, such as Xenakis and Francisco Lopez. I'm not really an expert in this aesthetic, so my question is, do you feel you have taken your influences and expanded this style in some way? Do you see this effort as pushing boundaries in some ways (if so how?), or more so a combination of different contemporary stylistic traits you enjoy?
    Thanks so much for the questions! I don't really see myself as trying to push any new boundaries with this work or even expanding the style, but rather this piece is more of a personal exploration in working with longer time frames and structural possibilities. It's a big learning curve, for me, so having pieces which are not notated and I can put together whilst being able to listen back in real time and tweak it helps me to get a better understanding of longer forms for my notated works which don't have the same kind of freedom.

    The other aspect of it is that I like to write music that I enjoy to listen to, and there's a lot of contemporary music that I enjoy to listen to.

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    Default Praxis, op. 19

    Although Colours has been designated opus 20, it actually uses material which I have derived from electronic tracks that I made earlier for Praxis which is opus 19. Although Praxis is being finished afterwards....

    Anyway, I had done a bit of the ending of Praxis and today got around to engraving the first minute of it.

    Here's the score:
    Praxis 191226 - Full Score.pdf

    And here's a MIDI realisation with the electronic track that I put together on logic:
    191226.mp3

    I hope the attachments work!

    If you heard Colours you might recognise where the electronic bits in the opening of Praxis come from.

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    Sounds a lot like a prog rock piece to me. I like the camp.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    I would love to share a more recent recording of a piece I wrote in 2018, called Palimpsest because it is essentially an attempt to 'write over' a movement of a quartet by Mozart, with aspects of his music sometimes audible underneath the new music I wrote.

    This is from the American premiere in NYC last month by JACK Quartet. (The world premiere was in Germany in 2018.)

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