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Halfway through Metamorphosen ! Yay ! 

Talk about a musical Long Haul. I am now halfway (14 minutes) through my Digitiphonic re-invention of Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen. I am not sure I would have attempted this if I had realised what I was taking on, but I don't regret it. How could I, with such an epic piece of music. My sheer terror of letting down this awesome composition, together with the thrill of discovering the depth of Strauss' notes and modulations, coupled with Goethe's timeless words (which RS was originally planning to use for this piece) have given me the momentum to keep going. Also the help given to me originally by Music Engraver Graham Hall, and then the sweet alto vocals of Claire Dunn and Mella Barnes. Without this support I may not have got very far into this 28 minute classic. It can all still go wrong – it has taken me about a year to get this far and it perhaps will be another year before I finish it.

 

Pre-save link for 'Mist' featuring Mella 

One week from today, on 13th September 2021, my new collaboration with the awesome Mella is released on all the internet music platforms. If you have Spotify, you can pre-save it here -

 

Some way down the Metamorphosen road 

I am now 8 minutes (about a quarter of the way) into my Digitiphonic version of R Strauss' Metamorphosen, thanks to ongoing vocal contributions from Claire Dunn and Mella Barnes - it is a much bigger project than I realised when I started it. In fact it's like writing another Digitiphony. But I've started, so I can't stop. Hoping to (though not sure I will) complete it before 2023...

 

New collab with Mella 

My new collaboration with the amazing Mella is officially released on 13th September, but you can hear it already on bandcamp 

 

Kingley Vale Score, Dolby Atmos mixing and Metamorphosen resumption (again) 

I received the score of my Tone Poem Kingley Vale back from the printers this week. It looks amazing. Beautifully engraved by Graham Hall at ghmusic.prep.com and printed on heavy grade A3 paper so no bleed through from the other side of the pages.

Kingley Vale Cover Kingley Vale First Page

Kingley Vale section

I have started remixing 'Culmination' from Digitiphony 3 final movement in Dolby Atmos surround. I think this format may be about to become more mainstream as an immersive music format, though of course, in the history of music formats there have been many casualties along the road so no-one can predict which ones will stay the course. But I think music has been itching for a new format for decades - the gradual creeping, pervasive compression of music files on the internet to stream them has had a numbing effect on music quality, though it is understandable how and why it has happened. But Dolby Atmos has been around in cinemas and theatres for a while now, and the technology is spreading to people's homes and, more importantly, AI and software developments have meant that it can be translated into headphones listening. Our two ears make 3 dimensional sense of sound surrounding us, after all, so why shouldn't that be possible with artificial intelligence and computer software?

Also I am back working on my Digitiphonic version of R Strauss' Metamorphosen, again, after gaps and distractions. I need to accept that this is a long term project and pace myself. I am terrified I will make a poor rendition of a much admired, aesthetically profound and inspired piece of music, so I am taking my time and being careful and meticulous. I am working on the second phrase of the words by Goethe that Strauss was originally going to use for the music, before it became a string piece. These words of Goethe's are deeply moving, and are one reason why I can't let this project go.