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Mark's so-called music 'blog'.

Tomorrow I will be 28. Actually, by the time you read this I will have been 28 for some time, or possibly even older. Nevertheless, at the time of writing I will be 28 tomorrow, and in my 28 years I have written several drawer-fulls of music. In the next 28 years I expect to write several drawer-fulls more, and I was thinking that rather than leaving it to gather dust I would use the internet as an outlet for my musical work. Hopefully, having this page will also encourage me to write more new material as well, but we shall see about that...

Some of the tunes will be very old. Some will be brand-spanking new never-been-heard-before. Some will be full finished mixes, others just drafts or ideas. Some will be solo work, some will be collaborative. Some might even be by other people. To help you put things in context I will also write a short paragraph about each piece as it is released.

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17/09/2011 - The Awakening [Download]
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Well, it's been a long time, hasn't it! To make up for things, let's re-open the proceedings with a biggie. It is called, appropriately enough, The Awakening, and was the first 'feature-length' piece that I wrote, running in at over 24 minutes. It was written in 1999, with Julie, and is the first of what turned out to be a trilogy of pieces that we wrote together for InterFiction dance company, all of which meshed live performance, video wall and an immersive Clements/Nwankwo soundtrack.

The mood is gothic-horror, with plenty of dark organs, church bells and gregorian chanting, and a vampire-heavy story-line. The piece also features some of the most complicated rhythms I think I've ever written. The middle section is two bars of 11/16 followed by two of 10/16 (though with occasional variations), with an additional 4/4 snare pattern running underneath it all. Not for the faint-hearted!

Now that I'm back, I hope to continue with regular music updates (fingers crossed!). I'm going to be focussing on old material, digging things up and giving them a bit of polish, rather than new stuff, as my current musical projects are a bit more long-term, and are not recording-focussed.

See also: Soundscape - an excerpt from The House On The Hill, the third piece in the trilogy.


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