||i recorded this as an alternative wedding march, for the marriage
of one of Joke's sisters. i went for something slightly more subtle
than the fanfare-ic Mendelsohn march, also with an ending that
grounds the couple in front of the pulpit, rather than blasting
them up in the air
||another strings improvisation on the XP10, with flute added,
then (for this album) the cello. improvised self-ensemble (as
is mostly the case!)
||banjo open africa
||this recording started with using preset percussion motives.
with cut and paste plus layering a few instruments (improvising,
of course), i got myself tired (from the whiggles!)
||A Polovetsian Dance
||when I landed myself the task - through a show lucky draw -
to arrange the duet "au fond du temple sainte" from The Pearl
Fishers, I actually landed up arranging another favourite of mine,
a Polovetsian Dance from Borodin's opera Prince Igor. How I got
the two works confused remains a mystery. It obviously shows up
a certain carelesness when it comes to detailed knowledge. I did
not work off a recording, thus only elaborating on the basic theme
as I could remember it..
||when the herd came down
||an extract from a draft soundtrack for the documentary "The
Knysna Elephants." the music follows a scene from the Addo Elephant
Park, where a large herd of majestic elephants comes down a hill,
kicking up clouds of dust against a setting sun..
||this is one of my earliest layered recordings, making use of
an XP10 strings sound that gave me the shivers (even though quite
a synthetic sounding sound). it was my own sturm und drang at
the time, combined with this particular sound that lilted me into
these convulsive harmonic spheres..
||Song 2 (Laure)
||broken piano drone and simple three-note motive throughout on
a bed of strings
||slow moving strings improvisation creating warm harmnoic narrative
||a xhosa song with two distinctive parts is combined in this
at once jolly, quirky and massively "grand" piece of orchestral
African (motive given by Nolufefe Mtshabe)
||using a preset percussion groove (cutting and pasting a bit),
i goggled some other instruments on top of it, and adding the
cello of course. play play play!
||african dance-style extract from soundtrack for the opening
of the International Congress of Aquariums, Cape Town, Aug 2012
||another techno dance type piece, on basis of a very defined
electronic motive. i added my voice, playing around with any kind
of sound that emerged from my rolling mouth..
||another gem of a Xhosa motive by Nolufefe Mtshabe that i arranged,
and then added my voice, speaking in delicious tongues..
||soundatrck for the moment in the Shakespearean play just before
Hamlet dies, lying in the arms of his best friend. a holy, passionate
moment, and final peace. rich, soft strings.
||when the heart is sensed
||from the "Migrations" soundtrack - the final phase of the long
and arduous journey. destination reached. a new home found. the
heart can beat again.
||It's Up to Us
||i wrote this as a clarion call to local communities to renew
themselves and take creativity and power back that has been relinquished
to governments and big corporations. saving the world is also
a "small" task..
looking at the world of today, the financial mess, the envirnmental
distaster the global economy is driving, the realization is that
too much power and wealth lie in too few hands and it is up to
the smaller local communities to reclaim their productivity through
the realization of their gifts.a song to call for a groundswell
of local responsibility
||piece recorded for my mother, Mariana le Roux, as a reflection
on her life, during the last weeks of her life, played to her
three weeks before she passed away