Video – Winter

Snow field

One of the reasons I have been off line for the last few days is that I have been working on some music.  I now have something to share with you :)

Quick background – I studied classical music composition in the mid naughts (00s).  To hear the music I was composing, I used a product called GPO. You can hear this on some of the videos on my video page.  Sounds pretty realistic, if not exactly like a live orchestra.

As some of you may have seen, lately I have been playing with old-school analog modular synthesizers.  What?  OK, that sounds odd, but this is the type of synthesizer they used in “the old days”, synths that sounded like synths.  The “modular” part means that I pretty much create a new instrument using patch cords every time I make a sound.

Lately I have had the idea to recreate some of my old music using this even older technology.  It won’t sound as realistic, but perhaps it will add something.

One of the first pieces of music I “rendered” with GPO was the 1st Movement of Vivaldi’s Winter.  This was before I was deep into composition.  Take a listen to my original using GPO:

(click here is you don’t see the preview)

I decided it made sense to use this as the first piece I “render” using the analog modular synthesizer.  And here is what I came up with using the analog modular synthesizer:

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

It sounds like a synthesizer, and yet…

I hope you enjoyed!


42 thoughts on “Video – Winter

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      His music did stand the test of time much better than most. It is both simple enough and robust enough that it can handle most types of treatments… or mistreatments… and sound good. He wrote those cool violin solos for himself, so I think he was a bit of rock star. Maybe not quite Paganini of almost a century later (he was a mega-star like the world had never seen), but still well known and respected.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          The modular synth is a lot of fun,even if a lot of work! Eventually I want to do something similar to Isao Tomita, but using my music and not the early 20th century classics which he sued. If neither of you know Isao Tomita, look him up – back in the 70s and early 80s he did a lot of synthesizer arrangements of early 20th century classical music, like Debussy and Stravinsky.

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          1. What Words May Come

            I wouldn’t know, but I’m sure my son will. He composed his first commissioned piece, which he finished earlier this year….
            “Here we are: a whole year, countless hours of writing, deleting, rewriting, editing, editing, editing, 515 measures, 83 pages, and over 10,000 notes later, I’m finally done with the largest project I’ve ever taken on.”
            I am a proud daddy!

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I’m sure you are a “proud daddy”! That is quite an undertaking. Years ago, before I studied, an art gallery gave me a few commissions, but since then I do it for fun (on my videos page, “St. George and the Dragon” was the outcome of one commission). A piece of music of the size of what your son did is quite an accomplishment.

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