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elegy 02a
by FabioKeiner
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Sun, Nov 18, 2007 @ 3:13 AM
permalink   Mon, Nov 19, 2007 @ 4:24 AM
It’s always fun to take a sample and morph it into a minimalist piece. The intro for the first minute has an ethereal, mildly haunting feel about it. I’m not sure the tone is elegiac, although it’s certainly got an other-worldly quality about it.

I like that you get some variations in you samples to give the piece continued life. By 2:40, the minimalist textures remain alive.

This would go well with a youtube or short film with a horror theme.
I hope some youtube-maker picks up on this one and marries it to some great visuals. Of course, it need not be a horror movie—it could be a movie about a guy asking out a girl who’s going to say no :).

Around 4:20 ish and continuing on, you’ve got a nice organ-y effect that keeps things interesting.

I think that the mix feels a bit busy by 5. It might benefit from more space and even a section at a lower bpm.

I like that you make efforts to make this a musical piece in a different vein rather than just random experimentation. Yet by 6:30, I feel that you’ve said all you can really say with this particular approach, and the song is just going on a bit long.

It’s a serviceable piece, well-constructed and well-mixed, but I think it needs shortening up a bit and even more of the modest concessinos to the conventions of “song” than you’ve made here.

An interesting approach.
permalink   FabioKeiner Mon, Nov 19, 2007 @ 9:15 AM
thank a lot for your extensive review! to be honest, there’s also the second, even lenghtuier part of rather monotonous minimalism…:)) not yet uploaded… all along la monte young’s or giacinto scelsi’s teachings on repetitive patterns. the central problem for me is how to build up tension and suspense with willful boring repetition patterns (as you state rightly: for a horror theme:)). well, I’m learning still!
permalink   gurdonark Tue, Nov 20, 2007 @ 2:43 AM
It’s not easy writing effective minimalist work, and I think it’s great you’re giving it a try.

It might be fun, to show those less familiar with its repetition nature, for you to post short remixes, but link to the entire piece at a site or some such for those who enjoy the sublime pleasures of dark minimalist meditations.