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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku331 – Peaks of cloud   Peaks of cloud:   The ship has crossed   A windless sea. This haiku is by Natsume Soseki, whose literary career started in 1903 with a series of haiku and renga published on various literary magazines. Peaks of Cloud was written for Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku331, Racket In My Head
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Disquiet Junto Project 0289: Ancient Artifacts Step 1: Imagine an instrument that has been lost in the sands of time. Step 2: Imagine what that instrument sounded like. Step 3: Record a piece of music employing that instrument. (Be sure to describe your instrument’s history in an accompanying note.) The history of tuned percussion instruments in ancient Greece offers few examples (the Krotalon being one) so to fill this gap I imagined a large machine that worked like a music box.  The...
Topics: Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp, disquiet0289, Racket In My Head
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The Whirling Dervish is a form of physically active meditation which originated among certain Sufi groups, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order and others.  The Whirling Way is an interpretation where the music's repetitive nature allows for the inclusion of elements that do not exist within the score of the piece, but within the mind of the listener. The Whirling Way was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Tewanima was a silver medalist in the 1912 Olympic games.  His 10,000 meter run set an American record in that distance that stood for over 50 years.  However, as a Hopi Indian, he experienced true Koyaanisqatsi. In 1906 he was forcibly separated from his parents and community, handcuffed and marched 20 miles to Keams Canyon, where he and other Hopi youths were shackled and made to build a road.  Soldiers then marched them another 110 miles where they boarded a train to Pennsylvania, 2,000...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Tewanima
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku306 – The light snow   The light snow.   The ice without any trace   On the lake. The haiku is by Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), an important advocate of the free verse haiku.  Besides being a writer and critic of haiku, Hekigoto was a literary scholar, noh dancer, art critic, calligrapher, social commentator, and mountain climber. The Light Snow was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Crotales, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello and...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku306, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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Connection String was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0412: One Chord Wonder   Step 1: Choose a chord, any chord.   Step 2: Make a list of the notes that the chord is comprised of.   Step 3: Record a piece of music in which each of the notes in the chord are played by different instruments (more broadly: different sound sources).   Step 4: As the piece proceeds, change each of the instruments/sources, while never altering the notes that make up the chord.. Connection String...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0412,...
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This haiku is by Mats Unden, a Swedish visual artist, sound artist, musician, and experimental composer, based in Darwin, Australia. Being a visual artist and a printmaker as well, some works end up in performances, videos and installations.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku288 – A clear waterfall   a clear waterfall   into the ripples   fall green pine needles Among the four great masters of Japanese haiku, Issa was the most prolific: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun. I remember watching the Steve Allen show when I was a kid.  Someone would suggest a few notes to him and he would improvise a piece based on those notes.  So I decided to do the same. ...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku288, Racket In My...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku245 – Flowers of morning glory .   Flowers of morning glory.   The sky above this street   Begins to overcast. This is a haiku by Hisajo Sugita, an innovative exponent of the women’s haiku movement, and one of the first poets to combine distant views and foregrounds in the same poem. Her role in modernizing haiku was recognized only after her death, when contemporary writers began to use a similar style of juxtaposition. We change on a...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku320 – the last kite .   the last kite   carries the setting sun   in its wings This haiku is by Aju Mukhopadhyay, an award winning poet, author and critic. His works have been widely anthologized and translated, recently winning the Best Author (non fiction) award at the Literoma Laureate Award. The Last Kite was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku320, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku275 – Home is not a place   Home is not a place.   It could be anywhere when   you are truly loved. This is a haiku by Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested three years ago “for allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian government.” She’s been held captive ever since. This year, supporters have been asked to write Haiku poems about what home means to them to hang from the tree...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku275, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written Disquiet Junto Project 0292: Eclipse Music and is dedicated to the memory of Bassel Khartabil. I have seen two eclipses and hope to see another one soon, weather permitting.  I imagined a time when eclipses were not understood and it was thought that they were a portent of the end of the world, as the sun disappeared into the moon.  This piece is of the thoughts of those people as they began to see the sun emerge from behind the moon and realized that they would live...
Topics: disquiet0292, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Chorus, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My...
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Rude Mechanicals was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0339: Rude Mechanicals .    Step 1: Imagine there is a genre called “rude mechanicals.”   Step 2: Imagine what might characterize the “rude mechanicals” genre.   Step 3: Create an original piece of music in the genre called “rude mechanicals.” Thinking about this, I envisioned a group of misfits, probably devotees of Harry Partch's music, taking over an abandoned factory and making musical instruments from the...
Topics: Timpani, Drum Set, Anvil, Bass Drum, Maracas, Gong, Tambourine, Tom-toms, Triangle, Whistle, Whip,...
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This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0295: Disregard Echoes . I know little about the history of Australia, but Americans know how we treated the indigenous people when the Europeans arrived.  This is a stain on our history that cannot be erased, and should not be erased. Bathurst Stain is about the treatment of the Wiradjuri in just one instance, where locals poisoned a waterhole to rid themselves of these people. This piece is scored for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Timpani,...
Topics: Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Timpani, Side Drum, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0295,...
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Concrete Wallpaper was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0371: Concrete Ambience   The Assignment: What could concrete wallpaper music sound like?   Step 1: Consider the concept of wallpaper music.   Step 2: Consider wallpaper designed to look like concrete.   Step 3: Consider what concrete wallpaper music might sound like.   Step 4: Record concrete wallpaper music. I imagine looking at a wall from a distance and deciding to meditate on it, its strength, its impermeability.  I...
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, disquiet0371, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written for Disquiet 0268 . On most days I take a walk through the woods near my house, which normally takes about forty-five minutes.  I listen to music as I walk but decided to remove the headphones while slowly walking over the bridge. As I listened to the quiet, which was intermittently broken by birds in the distance, branches and leaves blowing as the wind picked up and died down, and the water flowing below, the ear of my mind added memories of a time to come when the...
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This piece was created as a response to Pat Boran’s haiku sequence (or rensaku), which explores the flora and fauna of Dublin Bay’s (North) Bull Island. Boran’s rhyming haiku observe the interplay of bird, human and plant life on the island, and celebrate the delicate balance of a biosphere on the very doorstep of Ireland’s capital city. An extract of the haiku can be found at https://www.naviarrecords.com/2021/10/14/poetry-in-sounds-bull-island-haiku/ Waves Themselves was written for...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku276 – Rain-Soaked Wind   rain-soaked wind   the weather-worn notice   peels back more This is a haiku by Alan Summers, an award-winning poet and President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society. This haiku was selected for a street installation currently on display in Washington DC, created on the occasion of the 6th annual Golden Haiku Competition.  Rain-Soaked Wind was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello, naviarhaiku276, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku282 – the sky I see   the sky I see   seems full of   magnolia blossoms This is a haiku by Natsume Soseki. His investigation of a rapidly westernizing Japanese society and its sense of alienation has kept him famous into the 21st century: to this day, he’s considered one of the greatest Japanese writers of all time. Soseki wrote novels (most famously Kokoro in 1914), haiku and children’s fairy tales. The Sky I See was written for three...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, naviarhaiku282, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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A Dream Itself Is But A Shadow was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0379: Open Studios     Step 1: The purpose of this week’s project is to provide participants opportunities to get feedback on works-in-progress. Consider work you’re doing you’d appreciate responses to from fellow Junto participants.     Step 2: Either upload an existing recording (sketches and mid-process takes may prove optimal), or record something new and post it online for feedback. If there are some...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0379, Racket In...
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marbled dawn seems opaque but moving fast clears its path - Aju Mukhopadhyay  Aju Mukhopadhyay is a bilingual poet, author and critic who regularly contributes to International Journals and Websites on varied subjects. Besides many poetry and other awards, he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, Laureate Award in Best Author category (Non-Fiction) and Glory of India Award (Indian Achievers’ Forum). Marbled Dawn was written for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola,...
Topics: Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 215 – Night over .   Night - over   sleeping children,   sound of the waves. This is a haiku by the 20th century Natsume Soseki, one of the most influencial modern Japanese writers. It is written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku215,...
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this feeling of loneliness – he plays with his building blocks as the snow heaps up Kubota Mantarō Kubota Mantarō (1889 – 1963) was a Japanese author, playwright and Japanese poet. Although he was more interested in novels and plays, Kubota published several haiku collections and for a while was editor of the haiku magazine  Shunto . Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
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This piece was written for Junto 0291: Make Music That Sounds Like a Lantern 1 - Consider what might be called the "lantern effect" — the way light is filtered through the textured material of a paper lantern. 2 - Consider how the lantern effect, a visual phenomenon, might have a sonic corollary. That is, answer to the question: What would the lantern effect sound like? 3 - Record a short piece of music that evidences the lantern effect idea that arose from Step 1 and Step 2. My...
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by George L Smyth
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This was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0272 . This is the shortest piece I have written for the Disquiet Junto project, clocking in under two minutes.  My original idea was quite different, but things forced me in another direction. While I could have gone on longer, I figured that I had already said what I wanted to say before allowing everything to get out of control. The ratios employed took me to using the notes C, Db, D, F, B and D.  I added D, B, D, C, Db and D as a following...
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Mise En Abyme was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0348: Hot Mise en Abyme .    Step 1: There is a term in art, “mise en abyme.” It refers to instances when a work of art includes a copy of itself, maybe more than one copy. Consider how this term might apply to sound.    Step 2: Record a short piece of music that applies the term “mise en abyme” to sound, based on your thoughts from Step 1. Sounds within sounds is what I was thinking of when putting together Mise En...
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku286 – when I gazed down the ocean   When I gazed down the ocean,   I could see with amazement   The countless lights that shone This haiku was created by by Marco Sebastiano Alessi & Talk to Transformer . I imagine floating in the three dimensional water, watching what is going on around me, then moving to another area and doing the same.  This has little difference with what I like to do on land - examine, enjoy, move on, repeat. When...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, naviarhaiku286, Racket In My Head
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Coding Factory was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0324: Factory Floor . Consider what sort of music is appropriate for collaborative workplaces, such as newsrooms, design studios, software development teams, and so forth. Think about music that (1) isn’t distracting and (2) suggests momentum. A while back I wrote a 45 minute piece for myself to listen to while on the elliptical.  The idea was to provide a specific rhythm throughout my workout on which to base my actions.  As...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0324, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku250 – I was silent all day: .   I was silent all day:   Facing the sea,   The tide came up.  This is a haiku by Santoka, who spent 16 years of his life as a mendicant Zen priest, probably one of the last of his kind in Japan.   When I am silent, my mind fills with thoughts that both dance and clash with one another, like a mosh pit. I Was Silent All Day was written for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku250, Racket In My Head
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Nine Guitars was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0334: Mass Branca. https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0334-mass-branca/   Step 1: This project is a tribute to the late avant-garde composer and guitarist Glenn Branca, who died earlier this month. Among Branca’s many musical systems was to have a vast number of musicians, say 100 guitarists for example, perform together. We’re going to explore that mass of sound to produce a mass in Branca’s memory. It will be a...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku305 – Walking the sky   Walking the sky   a clear moon   all alone The haiku is by Ogiwara Seisensui, a Japanese haiku poet active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. He started the school of free haiku which made Ozaki Hōsai and Taneda Santoka popular. In 1911 Seisensui, with the support of Kawahigashi Hekigodo (1873-1937), founded the literary magazine Soun. Walking The Sky was written for Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku305, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0247: Waltz, Maybe. Looking at Lark Pien’s illustration immediately reminded me of the things my mind goes through when I am recovering from the novel I was starring in while dreaming, and realizing that I am now working my way back to a more familiar territory. While I attempt to make sense of things there is an order I do not immediately recognize. The land of randomness from which I just emerged seemed to have order, so this piece is built...
Topics: Horn, Racket In My Head, Trombome, Trumpet, Tuba
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku315 – ambushed by bush fire   ambushed by bush fire,   had we only been dragons –   a lizard’s last words. This haiku is by Mark Morris, a journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for major broadcasters and national publications in the UK. He runs the Twitter account Pure Land Haiku, which has a simple goal best explained in the form of its strap-line: haiku to help you relax. In addition to above, Mark also produces...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Gong, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku315,...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku332 – from evening mist   from evening mist   the bell   of life passing This haiku is by Issa: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun. This piece is dedicated to Lucky , a rescue greyhound dog adopted by my daughter and her family - the best dog anyone could ever hope for. The Bell of Life Passing - For a Lucky Dawg was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Hor, Trombone, Tuba, and Soprano,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Hor, Trombone, Tuba, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Naviarhaiku332, Racket...
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Our lives are surrounded by memories and anticipation.  This is why we love Fridays and refer to it as TGIF.  The same can be said for me with Sundays, where the anticipation is always that tomorrow has always been either a school or work day. Week's End deals with Sunday, the last day of the week.  It is a day most of us do not work or deal with school, and while it is enjoyable, there is always that anticipation of the dreaded Monday. This piece was written for String Orchestra, Clarinet,...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Vibraphone, Racket In My Head
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Hold Music was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0335: Alone Time .    Step 1: Hold music is a ubiquitous fact of modern life. Ask yourself what hold music you’d like to hear while waiting for someone to pick up the other end of the line, or while waiting for a conference call to begin.   Step 2: Record a short piece of hold music that satisfies the scenario you pondered in Step 1. Your finished track should be suitable for looping, since you never know how long you’re going...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 227 – Morning coolness.   Morning coolness:   dewdrops swaying   in the spiderweb This is a haiku by Betty Drevniok , one of the founders of the Haiku Society of Canada .  The Betty Drevniok Award is an annual competition organized by Haiku Canada .  After a long winter I love the warm, but do not at all mind the coolness of the morning.  This piece depicts this stillness, when I am less interested in hurrying and more inclined to just...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Ground Swell was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0356: Ground Swell .    Step 1: The goal is to create a piece of music that uses layers to create a sense of unease, eeriness, or disquiet.   Step 2: Think of a place that summons up the sensations described in Step 1.   Step 3: Derive sounds from the place that came to mind in Step 2. If you have access to the place, consider strategies to accomplish this (from field recordings, graphic notations, etc.). If you do not have...
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass,...
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0278: MacConnel’s Jingle . Kim MacConnel was a primary in the Pattern and Decoration art movement of the mid-1970s, which had an interest promoting trivialities as seen by Western culture, such as patterning.  I wanted to offer this musically and while working on ideas it did not take long to get to a concept inspired by the work of Steve Reich. The work is scored for percussion instruments, namely xylophone, vibraphone and harp.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku290 – Polarized Sky   polarized sky   the mixed melodies   of twilight birds The pen name “an’ya” loosely translates into “a peaceful surprise light in the moonless night”. Though nowadays she writes mostly tanka, in 2011 an’ya was voted one of the top ten haiku poets in the world by Simply Haiku. I had never heard of tanka until reading about an’ya.  In response I decided to form my piece in the shape of a musical tanka,...
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Broken Is The Golden Bowl was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project  0442: One Sentence      Step 1: Choose a favorite single sentence. The sentence should be from prose or poetry, but not a song lyric.   Step 2: Say the sentence out loud, slowly, several times in a row. Consider its shape, its tone, its cadence, and its content, and how these connect with each other.   Step 3: In some way that you can understand, map the exploration of the sentence from Step 2.   Step 4: Compose...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku327 – meandering through the city   meandering through the city   cars around   infinite game This haiku is by Bartosz Leszczyński, a musician and regular participant in the Haiku challenge as Oxebe. Through the City was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 212 – Under a winter moon   Under a winter moon   with shallow water   a river flows This is a haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi, an influential Japanese haiku writer active during the Shōwa period. It is written for String Orchestra, Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet and Marimba.
Topics: String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Marimba,...
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 194 .   Lightning flash–   what I thought were faces   are plumes of pampas grass    The piece is written for wind quintet and vibraphone.
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Pentimento was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento .   Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project involves recording a piece of music inspired by a term from painting. That word is “pentimento,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist.” Familiarize yourself with the term.   Step 2: Think about how the term...
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by George L Smyth, Vonna Wolf and Eithan Hein
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Engage Trio was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0369. This is a collaboration with the piece  TuTu Looking Bass Wolf Code MtnView by Vonna Wolf, which had been created using MtnViewMark-Bits's Trioh - Bass and Trombocoder by Eithan Hein.  This had a very tribal feel, so I decided to work with that in the respect of featuring a clarinet part that could act as a dance.  I used the same instrumentation that had been used in the previous two tasks. Engage Trio was written for...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0369, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku324 – sleeping, waking   sleeping, waking   the emptiness   of my mosquito net This haiku is by Chiyo-ni. Born in the Ishikawa Prefecture in 1703, she began writing haiku poetry when she was 6, and her ability was soon recognized even though haiku by women were often dismissed and ignored at that time. Chiyo-ni was strongly influenced by Basho’s poetry (probably because her teachers were his students), but developed her own unique style.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku324, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to an At Water's Edge challenge.       The challenge is, you know, scales. We challenge you to create a track using alternate tunings, unusual scales, and so on. And make it about being underwater. The idea of this piece is about being underwater and scales.  For the first part I started thinking about krill, small crustaceans that are toward the bottom of the food chain upon which so many underwater creatures depend (a blue whale can consume up to four...
Topics: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 201 .   In the calm stillness   after the rainstorm:   flies.    This is a haiku by Taneda Santōka.  In reading about him I was struck by the following:   Westerners try to conquer the mountains.    People of the East contemplate the mountains.    For us, mountains are not an object of scientific study but a work of art.    Patiently I taste the mountains.      September 20, 1930 This and the haiku inspired me to write I Taste...
Topics: Clarinet, Contrabassoon, Flute, Violin, Cello, Wood Blocks, naviarhaiku201, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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Music For Meditation was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0323: Music For Meditation .   Step 1: Consider music appropriate for meditation. Think of the sounds, the tones, the forms that might suit such a thing.   Step 2: Record a short piece of music for meditation. Make your track a set number of minutes (that is, a length divisible by 60 seconds), preferably between 7 minutes and 20 minutes. Whatever length you choose, insert a bell/chime sound precisely one minute after the...
Topics: Tubular Bell, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0323, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku353 – Coffee Break   coffee break   a crumb   for the sparrow This haiku is by Bill Kenney, who writing haiku in December 2004, a month before his seventy-second birthday. His haiku and senryu have appeared in leading haiku journals and anthologies. He is the author of two books of haiku/senryu: “the earth pushes back” (2016) and “senior admission” (2018), both published by Red Moon Press. Coffee Break was written for Flute,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass, Naviarhaiku353, Racket In My...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 235 – Splendid Affinity .   Splendid affinity   sun's great halo   green leaves This is a haiku by Zen Buddhist master and poet Soen Nakagawa, who visited the United States more than a dozen times.  Unorthodox and eccentric, he'd fill the sleeves of his robes with nuts and berries from Central Park or herbs growing in the sidewalk cracks, and add them to his bowl at the next meal. He seems like the sort of person I would have liked to have...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, naviarhaiku235, Racket In My...
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by George L Smyth
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I decided to write the haiku for this one. Night's edge comes early, leaves crunching under my feet, suddenly winter. Happy Halloween! Night's Edge was written for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombine, Bass Drum, Gong, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombine, Bass Drum, Gong, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Retrograde was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0416: Time Laps   Step 1: Record a short piece of live, improvised music.   Step 2: Reverse the audio recorded in Step 1.   Step 3: Record a live improvisation on top of the reversed audio that resulted from Step 2. (Do this by listening to and responding to the playback in real time.) Then flatten the two layers into one layer.   Step 4: Reverse the combined audio (both layers flattened) resulting from Step 3.   Step 5: Record a...
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by George L Smyth
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the edge of the world – the road vanishes into a curtain of mist - Raymond Cobley Raymond Cobley is an experimental composer and regular participant in our Haiku challenge. Now retired, Raymond aims to explore the possibilities afforded by open-source software, which he uses exclusively for creating and editing both sounds & images.  This piece was written for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku281 – The summer grasses   The summer grasses   All that remains   Of brave soldiers dreams This is a haiku by Matsuo Basho, who moved to Edo (now Tokyo) and joined the local active poetry community. he started writing under the name Basho after he received a basho tree from one of his students. He wrote in a particular form called Haibun, a fusion of haiku and prose: his most famous haibun collection is The Narrow Road to the Interior.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Sting Bass, naviarhaiku281, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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For Baby Peggy was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0421: Marquee Ghosts   The Assignment: What sounds haunt a discarded movie theater in the middle of the night? I made the decision to slightly alter the assignment for this week.  As an avid lover of silent films I have spent the past decade traveling to upstate New York on a yearly basis to attend a film festival of silent movies and obscure films from the 1930s.  The assignment of discarded movie theaters in the middle of the...
Topics: Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, disquiet0421, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku322 – Traveling Monk   the sun set behind   a traveling monk   tall in the withered field This haiku is by Masaoka Shiki, considered by many the first poet of modern haiku. He advocated realistic observation by “sketching” (shasei) poems and going out into nature with notebooks, thus abandoning the traditional subjects of haiku of the time. Shiki died of tuberculosis in 1902, at the age of 34. Traveling Monk was written for Flute, Oboe,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Anvil, Vibraphone, Naviarhaiku322, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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White and white Heaven and bottom useless –Winter cloudy - Yoshida Donguri Yoshida Donguri is haiku poet who lives in Hokkaido, Japan. Yoshida is a caregiver who loves Buson, Santoka, and sushi. This piece was written for Alto, Tenor and Bass voices, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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A Gift was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0402: Music for Tasks   Step 1: Think of someone you’d like to give a gift of music.   Step 2: Record a piece of music for the person you thought of in Step 1. You don’t need to identify the person when posting the music. A Gift is written for my parents.  In 1971 the writing of my music progressed (or some might say "regressed") from writing songs on the guitar to writing serial music.  I remember sitting at the piano...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – One push of the door, a single step      One push of the door, a single step      And the corridor seems to stretch      As far as the eye can see. The haiku is by Takuboku Ishikawa, best remembered for his emphatic and introspective tanka: his poems were accepted by the one of the most important tanka journals of the early 20th century, “Myojo”, when he was only 16.  Takuboku Ishikawa’s two major collections of tanka,...
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0254: Fog and Steam – Step 1: Download these two samples: Fog Horn: freesound.org/people/schaarsen/sounds/69663/ Train Whistle: freesound.org/people/ecodios/sounds/119963/ Step 2: Create an original piece of music utilizing just those samples from Step 1. When taking my seventeen month old granddaughter to the library we go under train tracks on the way. Sometimes we can hear a train coming from a distance so I pick up my pace so that we can...
Topics: Harp, Racket In My Head, String Bass, Trombome, Tuba, disquiet0254
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Walkthrough was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0361: Zork Diaries .   Step 1: Zork is the title of one of the earliest interactive text adventure games. The complete text of a spoiler-laden full run of the game is at the following URL, housed at Georgia Tech, or the Georgia Institute of Technology: http://bitly.com/junto-zork 2   Step 2: If you’re not familiar with Zork and/or with interactive text adventures, consider reading up. Otherwise, just think of the script as...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku318 – in the beach breeze   in the beach breeze   my travels forgotten…   evening cool This haiku is by Kobayashi Issa, who wrote over twenty thousand poems written in his lifetime In The Beach Breeze was written for Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp and Celesta.
Topics: Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp,...
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku307 – Innumerable stars   Innumerable stars   Looks like floated algae   In my mind The haiku is by Dakotsu Iida, a Japanese haiku poet from what is now part of the city of Fuefuki, Yamanashi, Japan. Commonly referred to as Dakotsu, he trained under Kyoshi Takahama, and was a frequent contributor to such haiku journals as Hototogisu and Unmo.  Innumerable Stars was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, two bowed Vibraphones, Viola,...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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A Book Of Disquiet was written in response to Marco Lucchi's piano patterns no 1    Let us absurdify life from east to west.     - Fernando Pessoa from The Book Of Disquiet Marco Lucchi offered a set of piano patterns and allowed anyone to remix the piece.  I saw these patterns as being organized into seven sections and decided to address each one individually, so these have been used, abused, stretched, repeated, and otherwise altered.  I extracted meaning from each and offer...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Gong, Temple Blocks, Cymbals, Violin,...
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by George L Smyth
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This is one of those ideas that came in fits and starts, where each attempt resulted in things quickly turning to mush.  I finally realized that it needed to be a single line to allow one to follow what was going on.  This piece is a bit longer than my other works but that length is necessary to allow things to play out. The initial palindrome progressively has notes added to the row until it is filled, then notes are continuously removed by lengthening others, eventually returning to the...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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adorned with raindrops from the shower, a sparkling princess Azealia - Den Sutejo A contemporary of Basho, Den Sutejo was the eldest daughter of a distinguished samurai family living in the mountainous area northwest of Kyoto. After her husband’s death, she became a nun and spent the final years of her life as a Zen devotee. Adorned With Raindrops was written for Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku317 – not heard my breath .   not heard my breath   in years.   breathe This haiku is by Jamie Lickfold aka sevenism.  His album Saline Celestial was Naviar’s first solo publication.  "I’m a self taught musician and sound mangler blurring the boundaries between analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, generative and human. I work in the present moment letting the music flow wherever it wants. My aim is to make music that is...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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No Food In The House piece was based on a haiku I wrote:      No food in the house      Someone please go to the store      Finally, dinner! It is in three parts, each part relating to a line in the poem. Included within is an homage to Talking Heads’ Burning Down The House. No Food In The House was written for Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
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by George L Smyth
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Music for Airplanes was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0427: Music 4 Airplanes   Step 1: Airplanes are noisy places, especially when at 35,000 feet. Consider the noise, especially the dense white noise, experienced by an airline passenger.   Step 2: Record a short piece of music that is intended to blend in with the industrial drone of modern air flight. I'll be on a plane in just a few weeks.  In thinking about this I decided to put together a somewhat dronish piece that...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cymbals, Gong, Violin, Viola, String...
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 224 – the milky way .   the milky way   at midnight   a drunkard dances This is a haiku by Taneda Santoka , a poet and mendicant priest who chose walking meditation instead of zazen or sitting meditation. It is estimated that he walked about 28,000 miles during his life as a priest.  Funny how things change.  With my music, as is the case with my photography, it seems that more often than not I have an idea, but when I work on that idea...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku224,...
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by George L Smyth
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scattering ginkgo leaves faint sound from the wind far away - Kenji Fusei A student of Takahama Kyoshi, Kenji Fusei was a haiku poet who became known under the pen name Tomiyasu Fusei. He was a member of the Hototogisu Haiku Group and founded the Haiku Association of Tokyo University. This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by William Boldenweck and George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Disquiet 0270: Completed a Duet. The idea was to work in a collaborative way with a piece written by someone else selected at random.  I drew sb 5 by William Boldenweck (http://bit.ly/2mAQG9r - wonderful video of the piece at https://vimeo.com/206187722). I decided to score my portion of the work for woodwind quartet (flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon).
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – Beyond the Smoke Is Light   Life here was marvelous   But we are slaughtering the world   Watch the forests burn From Marco Sebastiano Alessi: "Ella, the youngest daughter of SityPhoxx has been studying poetry in her English class at High School. For an assignment she had to write 5 poems in different forms. One of them was a Haiku. She knew of the Haiku musical challenge as she often comes up with titles for the music that...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Vibraphone, Chorus, Violin, Viola,...