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I ordered a new violin back in March, because the time had come to upgrade from the annoying-sounding beginner violin I started on three years ago. Lucky me, work became insanely busy right around that time, so I’ve only had a chance to play it a few times so far.
Its sound, like its color, is warmer and more beautiful than the old one’s. Now I have to practice more to live up to its beauty.
Behold my newest composition! It’s a short piece for two violins and piano, called Boşluk (pronounced bosh-look). I’m so grateful for Justin for gathering his medical school musician friends to record this for me.
Andrew Noll, Piano (2nd year HMS)
Justin Lo, Violin I (1st year HST)
Jennifer Hsiao, Violin II (1st year Harvard BBS)
I took on the challenge of writing in Locrian mode, which is the most unstable of the modes; indeed, the piece never wanted to stay in one key but was constantly shifting around. This was good, actually, because I tend to get stuck in one key for the entirety of a piece. I’m pretty pleased with the recording, too. It came out just how I envisioned it!
Originally, this was meant to be a short and simple piece that was supposed to take me only a few days to write and enable me to get back into the music-writing groove again. It turned out to be another one of my pieces that I wrote on and off over two years, because I would take months-long breaks from it whenever I hit a writer’s block. I’ve got to stop doing that! It feels so good to bring projects to completion, especially something as simple as this.
This weekend I made an electronic piece that had been in my mind for at least two years. It is a simple enough concept, but I had never set aside the time to do it. I used sounds of recorder, violin, voice, piano, and various other sounds to create it.
I’ve been in an inspired mood lately, and when Ryoji Ikeda popped up on my Pandora radio station on my drive home from work on Wednesday, I knew it was time. The other inspiration for this piece was Tenacious D’s One Note Song.