Sunday, July 4, 2010
Independence Day at New55
The holiday is celebrated with loud noises, hot weather, and perhaps inebriation, followed by fireworks displays, and the playing of "The 1812 Overture" that was written by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky, who included actual, live cannon blasts in his music. The subwoofer had not yet been invented.
On a much quieter theme and more subtle and modern form of nonpolitical "independence", you can listen to this piece that I wrote here.
In order to appreciate this MP3, you need to put on headphones or play the piece through a decent sound system at reasonably high volume - not laptop speakers.
Like a photograph, the limitations of contrast and resolution apply to this composition, making dynamic range, and the difference between light and dark values, essential to the scene it portrays, in this case not in front of you as a literal picture, but as a picture in your mind's eye. My intention is definitely to evoke visual scenes, only through your ears. Since there are so many visual artists among us here I thought this would be fun and appropriate, given the intentional cinematic orchestration and sound effects in this particular instrumental song, so please feel free to comment, especially in visual terms.
Posted by Bob Crowley at 6:06 AM