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A personal response...

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Today's post is a response to Craig's comment on yesterday's post - This asked me what I thought of the concept of viewing "melody as rhythm" and the hierarchy of melody/harmony/rhythm in Western music. 

My honest answer…

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Seven basic plots...

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I came across something the other day which I could add to my collection of ideas for the forms or structures of pieces of music. One of the big themes in contemporary composition is getting away from the…

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Phew...

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Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday... I just had a day where I barely made it out of bed or off the sofa. I think I had over-cooked things - too many 5 or 6am mornings…

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Small World...

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I've been thinking at bit more about the whole "access to almost any recorded music, anytime, immediately" situation, and what effect that has on life as musician and composer in the UK nowadays. 

In the "old days"…

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Food for thought...?

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I have been thinking about the new jazz octet project - 2 saxes, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass drums - and I've been pondering about the line-up of horns. 

This could be running before I can walk…

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DIY education...?

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This is my quick response to some of the comments left on my website http://ralfdorrell.com/blog about yesterday's blog re: the lack of folk music in British music education . Thanks to everyone who commented - nice to hear…

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Is less more?...

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Tonight I am playing at Devizes Corn Exchange with "Dr Zebo's Wheezy Club",  

http://drzebo.com/ 

providing music at the Festival of Winter Ales. This band is a trio, made up of Simon (acoustic guitar/vocals), Mike (violin/vocals) and…

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Warming up...

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I have been using this blog as a way of starting my writing day - before I start the serious business of writing up the PhD - and I'm often using it to allow my brain to wake…

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Process, not product...

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I coach pop groups on a pop music FE course for one day a week. They have set styles of music that they have to explore, firstly by working on a cover version of an existing song for…

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Words and music...

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What is the point of a composer, in whatever genre, taking infinite pains to set a piece of text - getting the stresses to feel correct and the music (melodic line and harmony) to reflect as closely as…