Dienstag, 22. Juni 2010

Gogokokoroko and Mascara with looper and percussion

A rehearsal of my composition Gogokokoroko, the looper of Ableton live substitutes the other singers. It´s not as lively but you get an impression of the sound. I´m looking forward to doing this with three singers and drums and percussion next week.

Another rehearsal of Mascara, this time combining the solo version and the choir version. Ableton live´s looper substitutes the other singers. I´m looking forward to doing this with three singers and drums and percussion next week!

Sonntag, 13. Juni 2010

Mascara with two Kargyraa voices

This is the first step to building a "Kargyraa Krew" to sing the compositions of my "Fake African Memories". Martin Pässler is doing a fascinatingly deep bass figure while I am singing two melody parts, which will be sung simultaniously as soon as we are three singers.

Different combinations of "Void"-material

Here we are working on my composition Void, this is also taken from the first rehearsal with Peter Halves (percussion) and Florian Dietz (drums). At 1:06 you can watch me losing the beat for a few seconds. I guess that was due to Florian shiftung the accents towards a binary feel. Can be tricky, still, I love this ambiguity. At 2:42 starts another version of Transit. While in the first version you see here, the guitar and singing part share the accents of the drums and percussion, in the second version, my parts are superimposed in a 3:2 relation to the drums/perc. parts. I think it will be interesting to mix both ways of playing Void.

Donnerstag, 10. Juni 2010

Polyrhythmic rehearsals

Since I´ve fallen in love with the tension of polyrhythmic ambiguity I was looking forward to performing my compositions from the"Fake African Memories" with more than one drummer/percussionist. I am happy that this has finally happened and turned out to be just as great as I imagined it to be.

This version of Mascara is taken from the first rehearsal with Peter Halves on percussion and Florian Dietz on drums, it´s the first time the two play together. I wanted the rhythmic feel to be shifting between a 12/8 and a 4/4 and I think it works out fine.

Another composition of the "Fake African Memories", Transit:

Mittwoch, 9. Juni 2010

Mascara with flowers in the foreground

A study of the effect of flowers in the foreground for the Mascara video. I simply placed the laptop in different places in a garden and filmed it while the Mascara video was playing. The bad quality of the video and reflections on the monitor have strange effects.

Dienstag, 1. Juni 2010

Gogokokoroko choir version

This is a short sketch for a choir version of my composition Gogokokoroko, part of the Fake African Memories.

Guitar patterns in two layers in 2:3 ratio

Here is an example of varying a tune by layering it´s pattern in two different tempos in the ratio of 2:3. I play them succesively into the looper of ableton live. The looper is set to record 12 bars. When the pattern is played slowly, it is 4 bars long, so I play it 3 times. Played fast, it is two bars long and thus played 4 times until the looper repeats both.
I love the floating quality created by these layers with their differing accents.

Here is a mash up of two patterns of different compositions of the Fake African Memories - Mascara and Void. Like in the example before, their tempos are in a 2:3 ratio.

My goal is to build an ensemble that is capable to play different layers like this simultaniously. To me, this totally kicks ass.