I am seriously questioning the wisdom of deciding to write a piece in F sharp major. Six sharps, hurr.
For some bizarre reason, LiveJournal is telling me that my post is too large, so I'll have to post the parts separately until I can figure this out. It's really confusing me, because I've uploaded 5,000 word stories with no trouble before.
This part is much more delayed than I thought it would be, but nevertheless, here is Part II:
( Little AliceCollapse )
It might be my heading. But I don't want to get rid of it.
I’m going to try doing this all at once first, and if that proves too complex I’m going to revert to sub-headings (elements, devices, etc.). I’ll start each section by quickly going over what happens visually in each particular part of the scene, along with the general atmosphere and mood.
If you find yourself at all confused by any of the terms or musical jargon I use, please refer to the “Musical Theory” option in my links list. ( Scene One: DreamersCollapse )
I’m not sure whether to apologise or be proud of the length. I think I’m going to end up writing a novel.
Hopefully, someone will find this interesting and (possibly, although I feel I’m stretching it a bit here) enjoyable to read. Even though I hadn’t finished the entire scene, I decided to post what I had so that I could get a little feedback.
On another note: as the film starts, watch the moon in the opening seconds very, very closely…
So far, I've made three successive entires covering different aspects of music theory, with the aim of helping someone without any musical tuition understand everything that goes on in this journal.
Here, I'll link to all three of them for easy access.
Note: For all musical entries in this journal, I will not be using American terms. There will be no sixteenth notes, only semi-quavers, and there will be no quarter notes, only crotchets.
( Basic Music Theory Terms )( The Elements of Music )
( Compositional Devices & Leitmotifs )
I am almost 100% sure that I've managed to forget a device or two. It happens every time. I think, however, that I've definitely covered the major ones. (No pun intended.)
( Contrast, Repetition, Variation, Imitation, Stretto, Sequences, Fragmentation, Augmentation, Diminution, Ostinatos & Leitmotifs -- three videosCollapse )
THE ELEMENTS OF MUSIC
The “elements” of music are in essence the building blocks of music. Every time you hear a piece of music, the person who wrote it has taken into account these ten factors, and their treatment determines everything about the piece.
There are ten elements:
( Structure, Melody, Instrumentation, Tonality, Harmony, Dynamics, Articulation, Rhythm, Tone Colour, TextureCollapse )
An easy way to remember them is: SMITH DARTT.
I really hope I'm making sense here.
There are many beginner music theory guides all around the web (not to mention all the books), but here I've outlined everything I think that someone would need to know in order to understand most of my music entries.
If I think of something else to add, I'll come back and add it here.
( The musical alphabet, key signatures, time signatures, note values, phrasing -- two images.Collapse )
I’m back! And yay, it’s not history this time. Surprise, surprise, though – it’s music. (-sarcasm-) Anyway. This is my attempt at writing on the use of repetition in Peter Sculthorpe’s 1977 Port Essington, having not studied this intensively for quite some time. I think I did alright… not sure something like this would stand up in an exam, though!
( “In Port Essington, repetition is a crucial compositional device…”Collapse )
Hopefully, this is vaguely coherent, and someone might find some enjoyment in it. The pictures in the ad at the top of the screen are also somewhat disturbing… Uh, anyway, I finally managed to make it work so that it stays in this font. Huzzah for me!
Until next time,