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James Stephenson
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Captain Harkathnut's Void Pirates
Captain Harkathnut's Void Pirates
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Day 30 - Ghost Ship
The final day. This piece consists of a very slow, very very quiet three part chorale - in which the three instruments play phrases of differing lengths so that the harmonies shift in gradual cycles - and a semi-improvised solo line which soars gently above...
Day 30 - Ghost Ship
Day 30 - Ghost Ship
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Day 29 - Convergence
So we reach the penultimate day of 30 Days in September. This piece is for two performers, each of whom has 6 lines of material to work with which can be played in any order or combination. The piece was created using a technique similar to the ' cadavre ex...
Day 29 - Convergence
Day 29 - Convergence
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Day 28 - Tapping Music
Well, this challenge is getting pretty tough towards the end, but we're both still keeping up with our daily deadline (just!) Today's piece is scored for any number of tapping sounds, produced either by instruments or other objects. It takes the form of a w...
Day 28 - Tapping Music
Day 28 - Tapping Music
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Day 26 - North Sea Song
This is one of the larger works I have written so far. Its a setting of few lines from one of Heinrich Heine's North Sea Poems. Now I'm not a romanticist at heart, but I do have a real affinity (surprisingly perhaps) with some of Heine's work. The scoring i...
Day 26 - North Sea Song
Day 26 - North Sea Song
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Day 25 - A Window into Eternity
This piece is constructed as if hearing a brief window into a perpetually moving continuum with a slow air floating over it. There were two pieces of sad news yesterday, the passing of the last Mitford sister, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (I was brough...
Day 25 - A Window into Eternity
Day 25 - A Window into Eternity
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James' Day 24 - Fanfare (Beginning of the End)
Today's piece: a short fanfare to mark the beginning of the final week of 30 Days. This seemed like such a daunting task when we began, now I'm not sure what I will do with my evenings when 1st October comes around!
James' Day 24 - Fanfare (Beginning of the End)
James' Day 24 - Fanfare (Beginning of the End)
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Day 23 - Choices
I've been a bit under the weather today, so this is a very simple piece. The performer has to construct their own phrases from three fragments, labelled A, B and C. There are 10 variants of each fragment, with some quite significant variations between them....
Day 23 - Choices
Day 23 - Choices
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James' Day 22 - Fortune
Does anyone remember those paper fortune tellers that kids used to make (before they all had iPhones?) Here's a musical one. Each player has to fold their own.
James' Day 22 - Fortune
James' Day 22 - Fortune
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James' Day 21 - Breathing
I am feeling quite relaxed at the end of the weekend which has definitely come out in my piece today. This is a text-based piece (only my second of the project - I think? - I've actually forgotten much of what is in the envelopes!). It is loosely based arou...
James' Day 21 - Breathing
James' Day 21 - Breathing
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