Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl

Orchestral

Urban Sprawl (2022) Orchestral

Some time ago I heard about an orchestral suite by Spitfire audio that was free. It was their B.B.C. Orchestra Discovery. I did some research on YouTube and found an entertaining fellow Guy Michelmore who put this suite through its paces. He uses a keyboard and hardware to input his ideas. I on the other hand use notation software to create my midi files. 

Inspired by what Guy did I wanted to create a piece of music that showcased as much of this orchestral suite as possible. I created this music completely in my DAW (digital audio workstation), quite a departure for me. Once done I converted it to notation and have it available to the public on my website in the SHOP area. 

Lets start: 

Introduction: Section 1 &2

I chose the key of C, 4/4 time, and 120 bpm. then went into my chord pack and input the chords: 

C, G, Am, F, C.  

I wanted to start out with tension to grab the listeners attention. 

The instruments to create this feel are: Flute1&2, Trumpets, French Horn, Tubular Bells, Timpani, Cello and Bass. 

Introduction to the Theme: C, Am, F, G, C, tempo 76 bpm.

I listened to the chord structure at this point and then sang a melody into the DAW and converted it to midi … this became the basis for the Theme. 

Here I reduced the instrumentation to: Bass, Cello, Tubular Bells, Strings, Bassoon, & Clarinet. 

Tension keeps building. 

Theme: Section 3:

The Clarinets & Cello state the melody here, supported by the Bassoons, Strings and Timpani. 

Rhythm is done by the Trumpets, French Horn, Trombones and Basses. The next section is signalled by the Tubular Bells which becomes the case for all the sections. 

Showcase Movements: 50 bpm. 

Here is where I wanted to showcase the different Orchestral sections. The time moves from 4/4 time to 3/4 time. You will hear the traditional um pa pa throughout this section.  

This section is divided up into 3 parts: 

     Section 4: (brass sounding)   

Features the combined woodwinds and brass, they carry the melody and accompaniment. 

Timpani is used for accent purposes.

     Section 5: (string sounding) 

Features the String section supported by the woodwinds. Timpani used for accent purposes.

    Section 6: 

This part features the tuned percussion. The Marimba takes the melody, supported by the Glockenspiel, Xialaphone, and Harp. The Tubular Bells introduce the beginning and end of this section. 

Finale: Section 7: C,G,F,Am,C  4/4 time, 140 bpm. 

The melody variation is taken by the Flutes, Clarinets and Cello supported by the Strings, with the addition of Tubular Bells, Harp, and  Timpani. 

So what does this give us? Three movements, 4/4 time, 3/4 time, 4/4 time, divided into 7 sections, 3,3,1, and just under 12 min. of musical wonder. Played with 22 instruments. 

I do hope you enjoy it. 

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Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
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Black Tie

Black Tie

The Musicians

In my last post I talked about the songs that make up the album Black Tie. Now in this post I am going to show you the inserts of the original album that celebrate the musicians that played on this easy listening instrumental album.

 

 

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Black Tie

Black Tie-the music

The Songs

In my last post I talked about the making of Top Hat, my first album of solo classical guitar pieces. Since I play both electric and acoustic guitar, and enjoy playing in bands, the next logical step for my musical writing was to write music for a band. First I wrote, then I assembled a band, then we learned the songs. Before recording we took our playing out to clubs, open air stages and special events, polishing the pieces along the way.

These are the 13 songs you’ll find on this easy listening instrumental album;

Hi Hon I’m Home and Ninth Street are very close to being jazz numbers. If I was a jazz man I would say that I accomplished recording a jazz number, but as I am truly a traditional player I would love to hear jazz musicians do this piece.

Come To Me, and Malagueña are carrying on the tradition of Top Hat in that they are classical guitar solos.

Sky~Earth and Sea is a piece built on emotions . . . you can visualize sea monsters in this one, created for the keyboard.

Un Portrait d’Alain is written and performed by my son Dean Pawliw who plays bass on the album. He wrote this song and named it after his bass guitar hero, Alain Caron. It is of course a bass dominated song and very cool. I play the rhythm guitar on this one.

Walking Thro’ the Heather was inspired by my feelings of walking in the country side in Scotland. I always thought that it would sound great on the bagpipes but no takers to date . . .

Voice of an Angel is a piece written by my friend Danny MacDonald for voice.  It is featured on his album In-A-Chord. When he asked me if I would score it for him, as he wanted the vocal melody in a form that he could share, I of course said yes. I also asked if I could I put it on my album as an instrumental. He in turn said yes, and Danny is featured on the album playing the finger picking rhythm in it. I am playing the melody on a Gibson SG.

From Dusk Til Dawn is based on a chord form and moved up and down the guitar neck creating a vibe that you just think is familiar. It’s similar to the feeling that Chicago puts out.

I’m Crazy for You came about when I was playing back up with a friend on the standard Crazy, sung by Patsy Cline. I played this counter melody and loved it and so I wrote the song around my new melody.

Wind in the Field and North Country were inspired by my recollections of driving from Northern to Central Saskatchewan.

ASpanish Evening is a drum driven song, lots of tom-tom work and a wonderful melody with a nice Spanish feel to it.

Malagueña is based on a Spanish dance of the same name. I borrowed from the rhythm of this dance and created my own piece. It is a classical guitar solo piece.

 

Landis

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Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

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