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TV Covers II

Just finished revising the 12 classic-TV-theme (extreme) covers of TV Covers II. I tightened them up and added a little pizzazz to the mixes (too much would have ruined their delicious lo-fi-hood). Have a listen!

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm by rachmiel · Permalink

Musical Flow

Musical flow is the succession of sounds (and silences) that spans the duration of a piece. It’s the way a piece unfolds for the listener; its rhythmic and melodic dance; its storyline. A piece’s musical flow cannot be reduced to a simple formula, diagram, or analytical mapping. Flow is a complex and mysterious quality, more […]

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm by rachmiel · Permalink

Shhh …

Music is (un)filled with silence. On the macro level this silence occurs between movements, sections, passages, phrases, and even single notes: gaps in sound-time. On the micro level it occurs within every sonic event, at the infinitesimal points when the sound waves attain zero amplitude (zero crossings). Silence can be pure (absolute) or coloured (relative). […]

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 8:15 am by rachmiel · Permalink

Groove Quotient

Check out my most recent album, Groove Quotient, released by Brainstorm Lab. It’s the closest I’ve come (so far) to bridging my two main compositional worlds: avant-garde Euro atonality + quasi-pop electronica/IDM. Julian at Brainstorm Lab pretty much nailed it: “Classically trained composer rachMiel electronically decomposes himself.” Enjoy!

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 8:43 am by rachmiel · Permalink

Wabi-Sabi Music

The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi is an approach to aesthetics (and life) based on impermanence: change, aging, transformation, loss, death. Wabi expresses simplicity, austerity, modesty – all of which impart freshness of character. Sabi implies the serenity, melancholy and loneliness that comes with age. Together, in wabi-sabi, they point to a bittersweet beauty based on […]

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 8:40 am by rachmiel · Permalink

Life as Soundtrack

Bobbi hit it: I’m writing the soundtrack of my life. (Aren’t we all?)

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm by rachmiel · Permalink

Six Compositional Challenges

I’m a great believer in growth by challenge: taking on tasks that force you to reach beyond your personal comfort zones and clichés. With that in mind I give you the following six compositional challenges. Take them seriously and I guarantee they will nudge (perhaps even kick) you forward in your personal musical evolution. Create […]

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm by rachmiel · Permalink

Boundaries

Contemporary electronic music is plagued by near-universal adherence to boundaries and rules: the 4/4 dictum, standard half-dozen effects, groove fascism, dumbed-down melody and harmony, limited sonic palette, and so on. Trembling before rules stifles compositional chance-taking, which causes the dreaded “same old, same old” effect. It’s too rare these days to listen to a new […]

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 7:25 am by rachmiel · Permalink

spLinters

A dozen spLinters for your aural pleasure (und pain): spLinters

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 11:59 am by rachmiel · Permalink

Groove Fascism

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” A great quote from a great man … but one that electronica composers seem to have taken all too narrowly. For the Duke, swing was not simply drums or the rhythm section. It was the way that beat, meter, tempo, melody, harmony, phrasing, and […]

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am by rachmiel · Permalink