GRRRRR… this is not music… (Ulog #38)

Most of the time, I’m playing and performing music from the Baroque (sometimes Classical, sometimes earlier) period of Western “Classical” Music. It is a time and language and style of music that really appeals and touches me, and it is something that I do decently enough (well, at least people aren’t throwing anything hard at me…).

So, it is often a bit of a shock to the system when I come across contemporary modern pieces. The rhythms, harmony and the sound world are completely alien to me…. and the the writing is often very poor for the instruments that are being written for. It is as if they are making the pieces irrationally difficult for no discernible reason.

So, I have very little patience for this sort of music, but it is the calling of the job sometimes. I’ll do the best that I can, but to be honest, the piece excerpt in the top photo is best described as unplayable… probably sounded decent enough coming out of a computer, but to me it resembles a random number generator.

Anyway, this is the piece that it comes from. If you are interested, give it a listen. It’s not really my cup of tea!

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