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New York Idea

May 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm UTC

A good example of the first stages of a new piece.

This was a little motif that wouldn’t leave my head, recorded on my iPhone outside New York’s Rockefeller Center, May 10th, 2012. I have no idea what this will become, if anything. My gut tells me it could be the theme of the third movement of a little ‘classical’ piano concerto I’ve always wanted to write, a companion piece to Mozart’s piano concerto #23. Who knows? For now, it will just go in the drawer with the rest of the ideas…

  • Jamie Diamond

    I do this all the time when melodies strike!

    My only problem is finding a good way to somehow capture the harmonies and context that go with it, because I’m sure to forget those too, and then the magic’s gone. :(

    Still, very cool knowing you do this too.

  • Courtney Lea

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who does this but with my camera.

  • http://newmoviemusic.com Donald Sosin

    Love your music, the Sleep video moved me to tears. This NY clip sounds like the Magic Flute ovt. a bit. My own NYC music for the silent film MANHATTA (1920), a 12 minute ode to the city by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, has been recorded by a Slovak chamber orchestra, and can be heard here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUrlkY24nPQ

    Blessings and all success with your amazing work

    Donald Sosin
    Lakeville CT

  • http://www.charlesanthonysilvestri.com Charles Anthony Silvestri

    The sound file even looks like New York!

  • Elizabeth Healy

    Hi, good fun.. and I like the NY skyline sound file pattern! ( But I think you mean “motif” rather than “motive”?) E

  • http://musicalcreativity.blogspot.com/ Joon Park

    I always felt so awkward recording myself singing my own melodies, but it seems I’m not the only one who does this. That makes me feel much better :)

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