Happy NZ Music Month! A week has gone already and that means my music month project is well underway. Here is an overview of the first things I have considered…
WHAT AM I GOING TO USE
The biggest decision, which could make or break this project is what software I am going to use. There are three options:
Manual – things could just be listed on the website with purchase details and if someone wants to buy it they will notify me and we will organise payment and distribution. That’s far too much work – not a good option.
Shopify – is an appealing option, I can still host it on my site if I wish, can have automatic PDF downloads, automatic payments, manage on my iPhone and more, much more – it’s a great service! But, it’s so expensive. US$348 a year for the most basic option – I’d prefer to keep that money in my pocket.
Shopp – this is a platform that you install on your WordPress site and you can do everything you can do on Shopify (basically!) and all for just a single license of US$55. There will be a bit more work on the backend, compared to Shopify, but it still makes it the absolute best option for me.
In 2011 I celebrated NZ Music Month in style by writing 31 microscores in 31 days. It was a huge success, they all got recorded, are hugely popular and I use them almost weekly when talking to students about composition and instrumentation.
In 2012, while I was involved in many Music Month events, I didn’t have a music composition project and I was pretty disappointed about it.
Thank you all so much for your support this year – for coming to concerts, for the opportunity to write you music, for being let loose on your own music, for letting me teach you, for your emails, for commenting on my blog, for the tweets and posts, and for everything else.
And just like that, another year is gone! Here is a look at my posts for the year.
The blogging year started in March with my favourite book arriving, “Behind Bars”, which I preordered in 2010. It is definitely the most used book on my shelf! I then talked about two approaching projects:
During this year’s New Zealand Music Month I wrote 31 musical microscores, and far out, what a month it was! I decided back in this post that I would do the project – each microscore would be from 30 to 60 seconds and I would do them in a maximum of one hour each day.
I was initially unsure how it would shape up musically – would they all be completely different, how would they relate to each other – but once underway it was clear that small sets of microscores was going to be the way to go.
Another thing I was unaware of was the difficulty of taking one hour out of an already extremely busy working day, especially for 31 in a row. I made it though, with a few catchup days here and there.
It was interesting to see the voice that came out through the compositions and how they relate to each other even when they are for very different instruments and based on a very different idea. Some I wrote for instruments I know well, others I wrote for instruments I have not worked with much.
Below are most of the microscores – have a listen. The rest are still on their way due to technical disasters.
Below is the full list of microscores:
FOR PIANO, a response to my piece for orchestra, “blimp”, which was premiered on May 1 at the Auckland Town Hall by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
May 1: “the pilot” Yes, it is about the pilot of the blimp.
May 2: “the view” Yes, it is about the view from the blimp.
May 3: “the flock” Yes, it is about the flock of birds that hit the blimp.
May is New Zealand Music Month, a chance to celebrate all things NZ music. I have always been involved in extra activities during the month, but I decided that this year I would do a project of my own – write 31 musical microscores in the 31 days of May. I will write one and then post it online every day – no exceptions!
I am very much looking forward to it, but am in the process of thinking how exactly I will go about it, so I thought the big wide world may be able to help me. What I’m pondering is:
What instruments should I do it for? A different instrument each day? Select perhaps six in total? Have only one instrument?
Are there any performers out there who would be keen to perform them through the month?
Any ideas on a theme that could tie them all together?