Two Sample MP3's from my Upcoming CD
The bonus is, this is exactly how I sound live: All I'm doing for this CD is playing the pieces down to half speed with the metronome, and then I record three takes. The take I like the best gets on the CD regardless of whether it is a great performance or not.
These tracks are from the E Major suite, which is quite late in the set, so there a lot of effects. The set starts with a fairly dry sound and builds from there. Track 21 is a Figuration Prelude, and is in a five voice texture and 12/8 time. It's modulatory and structural plan is like so:
A: E Major
B: C-sharp Minor
C & D: E Major
E: Whole Tone/Octatonic Episode
A': E Minor
B': C Major
C' & D': E Minor
E': Whole Tone/Octatonic Episode
Codetta: E Major
The harmony is very dissonant, but in a (hopefully) beautiful or awesome sense. Those harmonies are also extremely difficult to play: I jokingly call these preludes "Hard Chord Music" around my students.
Track 23 is an Axial Study: B-Axis Study in E Major. The device used in this piece is the repeated open B-string of the guitar between the notes of the melody. The texture is basically traditional two part counterpoint, whith the open B added as an incipient third voice (Basically a drone). The form is A, A', B, C, A" with the B section being an interlude, and the C being the traditional sequential section. It goes as high as F-sharp and is quite a challenge to play. None of these axial studies modulate.
Keep in mind that these are pieces I wrote back in the 90's and this project is a warm up to the second CD of new stuff I've written since I did the first demo of this back in 2000.