Wendi – 18 minutes 40 seconds
69 Minutes 48 Seconds
Current catalog: 490 Minutes 17 Seconds
I’ve been working on this theme for 11 years – it isn’t finished, I don’t know if it ever will be – but this is the best I’ve got right now.
Wendi is my wife – we met 11 years and 7 months ago and this is her second theme. It first came out in Venice, in the 1 bedroom apartment at the Venetian; she’d go to work and I’d practice all morning, recording from the Kurzweil directly onto cassette tape.
After lunch, I’d take a big bowl and spend the afternoon walking the beach and boardwalk, listening to the morning’s work, growing my hair & watching the world go by. After about 3 months of this – playing for 4 hours a day and then listening for another 4 hours – my ears started to change – I started to hear things very differently.
Themes are the root of music2work2 – they’re musical ideas that appear out of nowhere – I don’t sit down & plan to write them – I just need to be playing. The better player I am, the more room the themes have to work with. Each one is a learning experience and the good ones generally kick my ass.
People fascinate me & I often end up associating them themes. Sometimes I’ll go looking for a theme with a person in mind, sometimes the theme will come out and I have to work out who and what it’s for.
There was no mistaking this was Wendi’s theme. It is sad, beautiful and incredibly hopeful – just like my wife when I met her.
The original theme starts at 1:47 – a simple take on Beethoven’s moonlight sonata but set up for strings. It’s all about the melody which really should be played on a cello. This melancholic but ultimately beautiful theme eventually segues into a far more promising and positive coda which ends the track. Clearly I love my wife and am looking for a happy ending.
The first & third variations were developed in the last few months, the opening piece was written over the May bank holiday weekend – thanks Craig.
I knew what the video of this piece would be 8 months ago – a simple slow sunrise – moving from dark to light. We caught two sunrises from the lighthouse at Byron Bay – Australia’s most eastern point – but neither time did I manage to remember a tripod. I opted for photo dissolves over shaky video.
This was recorded using Reason; I’d love some day to record this in a studio on a decent grand. Likewise – the strings are synthesized. I’d love to hang out with Zoe Keating and record a version of this – hell, record a version of anything.
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My intent is to produce 4 new pieces a year but it’s totally theme dependent. I post the development of the pieces regularly on the blog and the really promising ones get cut into video and posted on YouTube.
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Charlotte & Andrew
Los Angeles, June 2012