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Avian Flew

By CrazyBob on February 27, 2016 10:12 pm

I'm still recovering from last weekend.

The issue with spending three days in close quarters with a few hundred of your closest friends is that germs spread quickly. I was spared the worst of the deathflu going 'round, but only because I canceled all my appointments this week and spent a lot of time under the covers with a Le Carre novel.

So I'm behind on all my projects.

So I decided on something simple. No beats, just straight ambient tones. I also did something that I've been meaning to explore for a while-- building a piece around the Bird Changes pioneered by Charlie Parker. I still don't entirely understand how they work, with all the tritone substitutions and whatnot, but just messing around with the chords has given me a better feel for it all.

60BPM, about 4.5 minutes. If you think it's too slow and long, just know that it was originally 30BPM and 9 minutes long...

The title is a pun on the fact that I wrote it trying to capture somewhat the feeling of fighting off a flu, and that it uses the Bird Changes.

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February 29, 2016 3:38 am

Excellent slow grind!

February 29, 2016 5:24 am

Very engaging, roaming melody. A+

February 29, 2016 7:01 pm

Gotta admit that I don't understand the Bird changes either (though I did once read a thing on Coltrane's use of four diminished chords as bridges between any key)...but this sounds great, particularly the grainier sawtooth drone textures against the cleaner sine/triangle textures.  Nice stuff!

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