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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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From Five Subway Haiku by J.K. McCauley Herald Square station tightly packed with commuters lost in their silence. From Five Subway Haiku by J.K. McCauley Herald Square station was written for Bassoon, Contrabassoon. Horn, Trombone, Gong, Tubular Bells, Piano Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Bassoon, Contrabassoon. Horn, Trombone, Gong, Tubular Bells, Piano Violin, Viola, Cello, String...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku353 – Coffee Break   coffee break   a crumb   for the sparrow This haiku is by Bill Kenney, who writing haiku in December 2004, a month before his seventy-second birthday. His haiku and senryu have appeared in leading haiku journals and anthologies. He is the author of two books of haiku/senryu: “the earth pushes back” (2016) and “senior admission” (2018), both published by Red Moon Press. Coffee Break was written for Flute,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass, Naviarhaiku353, Racket In My...
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marbled dawn seems opaque but moving fast clears its path - Aju Mukhopadhyay  Aju Mukhopadhyay is a bilingual poet, author and critic who regularly contributes to International Journals and Websites on varied subjects. Besides many poetry and other awards, he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, Laureate Award in Best Author category (Non-Fiction) and Glory of India Award (Indian Achievers’ Forum). Marbled Dawn was written for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola,...
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Connection String was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0412: One Chord Wonder   Step 1: Choose a chord, any chord.   Step 2: Make a list of the notes that the chord is comprised of.   Step 3: Record a piece of music in which each of the notes in the chord are played by different instruments (more broadly: different sound sources).   Step 4: As the piece proceeds, change each of the instruments/sources, while never altering the notes that make up the chord.. Connection String...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0412,...
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I decided to write the haiku for this one. Night's edge comes early, leaves crunching under my feet, suddenly winter. Happy Halloween! Night's Edge was written for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombine, Bass Drum, Gong, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombine, Bass Drum, Gong, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola,...
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A Book Of Disquiet was written in response to Marco Lucchi's piano patterns no 1    Let us absurdify life from east to west.     - Fernando Pessoa from The Book Of Disquiet Marco Lucchi offered a set of piano patterns and allowed anyone to remix the piece.  I saw these patterns as being organized into seven sections and decided to address each one individually, so these have been used, abused, stretched, repeated, and otherwise altered.  I extracted meaning from each and offer...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Gong, Temple Blocks, Cymbals, Violin,...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku253 – the piano man.   The piano man   is stingy at 3 A.M.   his songs drop like plum. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight. On the back of his 1968 debut collection, Poems from Prison, Knight stated "I died in Korea from a shrapnel wound, and narcotics resurrected me. I died in 1960 from a prison sentence and poetry brought me back to life." Stingy at 3 A.M. was written for Trombone, Bass Trombone and Piano.
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Piano, naviarhaiku253, Racket In My Head
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the long night made longer – a dog barking - Santōka  A wandering poet and ascetic Zen priest, Santōka was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui, one of the first poets to discard the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure in haiku.  Santōka’s poetry emphasizes the necessity of sabi (solitude) in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment and serenity. This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin and Viola.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Racket In My Head
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White and white Heaven and bottom useless –Winter cloudy - Yoshida Donguri Yoshida Donguri is haiku poet who lives in Hokkaido, Japan. Yoshida is a caregiver who loves Buson, Santoka, and sushi. This piece was written for Alto, Tenor and Bass voices, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku331 – Peaks of cloud   Peaks of cloud:   The ship has crossed   A windless sea. This haiku is by Natsume Soseki, whose literary career started in 1903 with a series of haiku and renga published on various literary magazines. Peaks of Cloud was written for Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
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by George L Smyth
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The Whirling Dervish is a form of physically active meditation which originated among certain Sufi groups, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order and others.  The Whirling Way is an interpretation where the music's repetitive nature allows for the inclusion of elements that do not exist within the score of the piece, but within the mind of the listener. The Whirling Way was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Marco Lucchi has offered a number of piano patterns to remix.  I wrote " A Book Of Disquiet " in response to the first of the patterns. I decided to work on a second pattern, selecting piano patterns #5 .  I decided that the "remix" in this case should be a set of variations. My approach was to break his piece into numerous sections, then write a set of variations that each had some basis of origin relating to the section.  I asked him to provide me with a set of...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Chorus, Triangle, Bowed Vibraphone,...
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A Dream Itself Is But A Shadow was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0379: Open Studios     Step 1: The purpose of this week’s project is to provide participants opportunities to get feedback on works-in-progress. Consider work you’re doing you’d appreciate responses to from fellow Junto participants.     Step 2: Either upload an existing recording (sketches and mid-process takes may prove optimal), or record something new and post it online for feedback. If there are some...
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adorned with raindrops from the shower, a sparkling princess Azealia - Den Sutejo A contemporary of Basho, Den Sutejo was the eldest daughter of a distinguished samurai family living in the mountainous area northwest of Kyoto. After her husband’s death, she became a nun and spent the final years of her life as a Zen devotee. Adorned With Raindrops was written for Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku320 – the last kite .   the last kite   carries the setting sun   in its wings This haiku is by Aju Mukhopadhyay, an award winning poet, author and critic. His works have been widely anthologized and translated, recently winning the Best Author (non fiction) award at the Literoma Laureate Award. The Last Kite was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku320, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0253: Doorbell Rehab – Record some welcome music. Our doorbell is not working. However, when someone does press it I am sure that it wants to ring. I imagine what it would like to do and how its attempt sounds to the doorbell itself, as well as how it would like to sound to the potential visitor.
Topics: Glockenspiel, Racket In My Head, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Xylophone, disquiet0253
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the edge of the world – the road vanishes into a curtain of mist - Raymond Cobley Raymond Cobley is an experimental composer and regular participant in our Haiku challenge. Now retired, Raymond aims to explore the possibilities afforded by open-source software, which he uses exclusively for creating and editing both sounds & images.  This piece was written for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
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sunset in snow is like a letter read many times - Ryuta Iida Ryuta Iida (1920 – 2007) was the son of the haiku poet Dakotsu Iida. Initially a rice farmer, Ryuta published his first haiku volume, “One hundred noodles”, in 1954. This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku282 – the sky I see   the sky I see   seems full of   magnolia blossoms This is a haiku by Natsume Soseki. His investigation of a rapidly westernizing Japanese society and its sense of alienation has kept him famous into the 21st century: to this day, he’s considered one of the greatest Japanese writers of all time. Soseki wrote novels (most famously Kokoro in 1914), haiku and children’s fairy tales. The Sky I See was written for three...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, naviarhaiku282, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0278: MacConnel’s Jingle . Kim MacConnel was a primary in the Pattern and Decoration art movement of the mid-1970s, which had an interest promoting trivialities as seen by Western culture, such as patterning.  I wanted to offer this musically and while working on ideas it did not take long to get to a concept inspired by the work of Steve Reich. The work is scored for percussion instruments, namely xylophone, vibraphone and harp.
Topics: xylophone, vibraphone, harp, disquiet0278, MacConnel, Jingle, Racket In My Head
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scattering ginkgo leaves faint sound from the wind far away - Kenji Fusei A student of Takahama Kyoshi, Kenji Fusei was a haiku poet who became known under the pen name Tomiyasu Fusei. He was a member of the Hototogisu Haiku Group and founded the Haiku Association of Tokyo University. This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Racket In My Head
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Rhetorical Difference was based on an abstract image which I found to be open to interpretation. As I tried to get my mind around it I decided to go with something inspired by Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku275 – Home is not a place   Home is not a place.   It could be anywhere when   you are truly loved. This is a haiku by Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested three years ago “for allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian government.” She’s been held captive ever since. This year, supporters have been asked to write Haiku poems about what home means to them to hang from the tree...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku275, Racket In My Head
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku343 – Persistently I stare   Persistently I stare   At the moon   Still I cannot hear This haiku is by Sugiyama Sanpu (1647-1732), who suffered from severe hearing problems for his whole life.  Sanpu was a patron of Basho, helping him establish his school of haiku. Persistently I Stare was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku343, Racket In My...
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku306 – The light snow   The light snow.   The ice without any trace   On the lake. The haiku is by Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), an important advocate of the free verse haiku.  Besides being a writer and critic of haiku, Hekigoto was a literary scholar, noh dancer, art critic, calligrapher, social commentator, and mountain climber. The Light Snow was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Crotales, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello and...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku306, Racket In My Head
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by George L Smyth
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This was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0272 . This is the shortest piece I have written for the Disquiet Junto project, clocking in under two minutes.  My original idea was quite different, but things forced me in another direction. While I could have gone on longer, I figured that I had already said what I wanted to say before allowing everything to get out of control. The ratios employed took me to using the notes C, Db, D, F, B and D.  I added D, B, D, C, Db and D as a following...
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This piece was written Disquiet Junto Project 0292: Eclipse Music and is dedicated to the memory of Bassel Khartabil. I have seen two eclipses and hope to see another one soon, weather permitting.  I imagined a time when eclipses were not understood and it was thought that they were a portent of the end of the world, as the sun disappeared into the moon.  This piece is of the thoughts of those people as they began to see the sun emerge from behind the moon and realized that they would live...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku250 – I was silent all day: .   I was silent all day:   Facing the sea,   The tide came up.  This is a haiku by Santoka, who spent 16 years of his life as a mendicant Zen priest, probably one of the last of his kind in Japan.   When I am silent, my mind fills with thoughts that both dance and clash with one another, like a mosh pit. I Was Silent All Day was written for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola and Cello.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 237 – The distant mountains .   The distant mountains   are reflected in the eye   of the dragonfly This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa, a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals The Eye Of The Dragonfly was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Marimba, Viola and Cello.
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This was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0279: Word Interiorities . The word selected through a random number generator was "this", which did not initially appear to be very interesting, given that the idea was to take apart a single spoken word.  I grabbed a recording of its pronunciation and played it over and over, trying to figure out how to deconstruct a single syllable, which finally offered a jumping off point.  I selected wind instruments through the sounding...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 235 – Splendid Affinity .   Splendid affinity   sun's great halo   green leaves This is a haiku by Zen Buddhist master and poet Soen Nakagawa, who visited the United States more than a dozen times.  Unorthodox and eccentric, he'd fill the sleeves of his robes with nuts and berries from Central Park or herbs growing in the sidewalk cracks, and add them to his bowl at the next meal. He seems like the sort of person I would have liked to have...
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 199.   Going forth…   Leaving my thoughts   In a sasanqua flower.    I added (condensed) to the title because this short piece is the seed of an idea for a much larger piece, which I hope to be able to offer by the end of the year. It was written for two horns and trombone.
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This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0286 . The idea here was to translate, transliterate, and interpret a piece of music, so I selected Awakes , a piece I wrote last year that described my granddaughter when she wakes up. The piece is in four sections.  The first part is the initial sequence of what I originally wrote.   The second part has been translated.  In this regard I thought of myself as a child, with more energy than one has a right to own, which offered its own...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku303 – Whenever I speak   Whenever I speak   My lips are   chilled— Autumn wind. The haiku is by Basho. This poem has become a well-known Japanese proverb, meaning "It is better to leave many things unsaid". Autumn Wind was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass Autumn Wind - Score on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QcbvMZSnRfA
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For Baby Peggy was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0421: Marquee Ghosts   The Assignment: What sounds haunt a discarded movie theater in the middle of the night? I made the decision to slightly alter the assignment for this week.  As an avid lover of silent films I have spent the past decade traveling to upstate New York on a yearly basis to attend a film festival of silent movies and obscure films from the 1930s.  The assignment of discarded movie theaters in the middle of the...
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This piece was created as a response to Pat Boran’s haiku sequence (or rensaku), which explores the flora and fauna of Dublin Bay’s (North) Bull Island. Boran’s rhyming haiku observe the interplay of bird, human and plant life on the island, and celebrate the delicate balance of a biosphere on the very doorstep of Ireland’s capital city. An extract of the haiku can be found at https://www.naviarrecords.com/2021/10/14/poetry-in-sounds-bull-island-haiku/ Waves Themselves was written for...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
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Come To Me was inspired by the poem by yaskhan of the same name - yassy66.wordpress.com/2020/08/22/come-to-me/ It is dedicated to my dear wife, Kathy, who is one of the few capable of putting up with me over a long period of time. Come To Me Come to me in the wild blue yonder Come to me in the azure twilight Come to me when the stars are bright Come to me with passions thunder. Come to me on wings of cupid's dove Come to me under a teal canopy Come to me in a symphonic fantasy Come to me with...
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0312: Amplify/Magnify The idea of this piece was to select a sound or piece of music and amplify, magnify, and contrast the two ideas.  I swapped the first two movements of this short piece. Looking at the Merriam-Webster dictionary I used the two following definitions:   magnify   1 a : extol, laud     b : to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect   amplify   1 : to expand (something, such as a statement) by the use of...
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A Sewing-Machine And An Umbrella was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0362: Operational Surrealism .      Just one step this week: Make something as “beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella.” The idea here was to work with two dissimilar items, in this case a twelve-tone row and a tonal center.  The more I worked on this the more I was able to find, and with hours to go before the deadline for completing the piece, I am...
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0254: Fog and Steam – Step 1: Download these two samples: Fog Horn: freesound.org/people/schaarsen/sounds/69663/ Train Whistle: freesound.org/people/ecodios/sounds/119963/ Step 2: Create an original piece of music utilizing just those samples from Step 1. When taking my seventeen month old granddaughter to the library we go under train tracks on the way. Sometimes we can hear a train coming from a distance so I pick up my pace so that we can...
Topics: Harp, Racket In My Head, String Bass, Trombome, Tuba, disquiet0254
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku245 – Flowers of morning glory .   Flowers of morning glory.   The sky above this street   Begins to overcast. This is a haiku by Hisajo Sugita, an innovative exponent of the women’s haiku movement, and one of the first poets to combine distant views and foregrounds in the same poem. Her role in modernizing haiku was recognized only after her death, when contemporary writers began to use a similar style of juxtaposition. We change on a...
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Tewanima was a silver medalist in the 1912 Olympic games.  His 10,000 meter run set an American record in that distance that stood for over 50 years.  However, as a Hopi Indian, he experienced true Koyaanisqatsi. In 1906 he was forcibly separated from his parents and community, handcuffed and marched 20 miles to Keams Canyon, where he and other Hopi youths were shackled and made to build a road.  Soldiers then marched them another 110 miles where they boarded a train to Pennsylvania, 2,000...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Tewanima
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku297 – awakened from sleep     awakened from sleep     surprised by the darkness–     late autumn The haiku was by Mizuhara Shuoshi, a 20th century Japanese poet. Shuoshi rebelled against the principles of emotional detachment in haiku, which he thought limited his ability to emotionally express himself through poetry: he started a magazine called Staggerbush which focused on a more romantic, lyrical type of haiku. I seldom sleep...
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0320: Table of Contents . Choose a favorite book. Consider the tone, the temperament, and the content of each chapter in the book. Compose a piece of music with as many segments to it as there are chapters to the book. Compose each individual segment with the idea that it is loopable as background music while someone is reading the given chapter. Consider making connections between chapters through melodic themes or instrument choice...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku280 – night ends in hills   night ends in hills   before clocks strike four -   cloud covered sun hides This is a haiku by Aju Mukhopadhyay, a fiction writer, poet and critic, who’s written 32 books and received several poetry awards in India and abroad. Aju writes about wildlife and nature, and so far has published seven books of poems in English and two in Bangla. Night Ends In Hills was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku317 – not heard my breath .   not heard my breath   in years.   breathe This haiku is by Jamie Lickfold aka sevenism.  His album Saline Celestial was Naviar’s first solo publication.  "I’m a self taught musician and sound mangler blurring the boundaries between analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, generative and human. I work in the present moment letting the music flow wherever it wants. My aim is to make music that is...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 214 – How heavy .    How heavy   on my eyes,   the winter sun. This is a haiku by the 20th century Takahama Kyoshi, author of over 200,000 haiku. It is written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku214, Racket...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 234 – when the cicadas cease .   when the cicadas cease   what coolness!   the voice of the pines This is a haiku by Baijaku, as translated by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, a writer, translator, and journalist of the late 19th century. The Voice Of The Pines was written for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku234, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth / Steve Weinstock
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 210 – Winter Light and was written in collaboration with Steve Weinstock.   Winter light   touches the Great Buddha,   then the hills. This is a haiku by Tatsuko Hoshino, a well known Japanese haiku poet. It is written for Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and strings.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku210, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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English Vignettes was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0372: Honeymoon Phase   Step 1: Locate the latest instrument, piece of music/sound software, or related technology that has come into your possession. (If there’s something inexpensive, like an app, you’ve been meaning to try out, this project might provide an impetus to do so.)   Step 2: Employ only the single thing identified in Step 1 to compose and record a short track. When I started photographing seriously, like...
Topics: Wagner Tuba, Baritone Horn, Cimbasso, disquiet0372, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0302: Gronkytonk . I imagine Gronkytonk as the music one hears down the street coming from an - at best - sketchy bar.  Going inside the music reminds one of the poem Jaberwocky - it's understandable but occasionally falls into the realm of confusion. Frank's Gronkytonk was written for Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Oboe, String Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, Timpani and Wood Blocks.
Topics: Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Oboe, String Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, Timpani, Wood Blocks, disquiet0302,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 204.   the pear blossoming…   after  the battle this   ruined  house This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, the first to use the word "haiku".  It was written for Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku204, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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The idea of the Disquiet Junto Project 0280 was to use a new musical thing to recreate an old musical thing.  Fortunately, the definitions of the terms "old" and "new" were not defined so I made up my own.  I decided that something new would be an occurrence within the past 1% of my life (this would include anything in the past 239 days) and something old would be an idea before my lifetime. For the old idea I decided upon something that would appear new to pretty much...
Topics: Clarinet, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Chorus, disquiet, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Blue Rhythm was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0358: Rhythm + Blue(s) .    Step 1: Consider the term “rhythm and blues.” Not the genre, just the term.   Step 2: Imagine what you might think “rhythm and blues” meant in terms of music had you never previously heard “rhythm and blues” music.   Step 3: Record a short piece of music that expresses the idea of “rhythm and blues” that occurred to you in Step 2 above. Rhythm is a strong, regular, repeated pattern and...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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this feeling of loneliness – he plays with his building blocks as the snow heaps up Kubota Mantarō Kubota Mantarō (1889 – 1963) was a Japanese author, playwright and Japanese poet. Although he was more interested in novels and plays, Kubota published several haiku collections and for a while was editor of the haiku magazine  Shunto . Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku252 – The wire fence is tall .   The wire fence is tall   The lights in the prison barracks   Flick off, one by one. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight, an American author and one of the most prominent poets of the Black Arts Movement in the 20th century. While serving the U.S. Army in Korea he was wounded and as a result, the drug addiction that had begun during his service got worse. He wrote his most acclaimed book, Poems from Prison,...
Topics: Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku252, Racket In...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Junto 0291: Make Music That Sounds Like a Lantern 1 - Consider what might be called the "lantern effect" — the way light is filtered through the textured material of a paper lantern. 2 - Consider how the lantern effect, a visual phenomenon, might have a sonic corollary. That is, answer to the question: What would the lantern effect sound like? 3 - Record a short piece of music that evidences the lantern effect idea that arose from Step 1 and Step 2. My...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Mise En Abyme was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0348: Hot Mise en Abyme .    Step 1: There is a term in art, “mise en abyme.” It refers to instances when a work of art includes a copy of itself, maybe more than one copy. Consider how this term might apply to sound.    Step 2: Record a short piece of music that applies the term “mise en abyme” to sound, based on your thoughts from Step 1. Sounds within sounds is what I was thinking of when putting together Mise En...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku268 – transience . . .   transience . . .   petal by petal   we let go This is a haiku by Debbie Strange , which was awarded “Best Haiku, Canada” in the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational .  Debbie is an internationally published short form poet, haiga artist, and photographer, whose creative passions bring her closer to the world and to herself. She has a deep reverence for nature, and her work often reflects...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 212 – Under a winter moon   Under a winter moon   with shallow water   a river flows This is a haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi, an influential Japanese haiku writer active during the Shōwa period. It is written for String Orchestra, Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet and Marimba.
Topics: String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Marimba,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku286 – when I gazed down the ocean   When I gazed down the ocean,   I could see with amazement   The countless lights that shone This haiku was created by by Marco Sebastiano Alessi & Talk to Transformer . I imagine floating in the three dimensional water, watching what is going on around me, then moving to another area and doing the same.  This has little difference with what I like to do on land - examine, enjoy, move on, repeat. When...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, naviarhaiku286, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku294 – spring dawn   spring dawn   wind turbines harvest   silver fog This haiku was by Michael Baeyens , a young Belgian author of speculative and dark fiction, horror, fantasy and the supernatural, as well as haiku. Considering the subject matter, I had to write this piece in the form of a round. Wind Turbines Harvest Silver Fog was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku294, Racket In My...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 238 – Two lights of the village.   Two lights of the village   Pining for one another   Insects chirping This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi, who promoted a more traditional style of haiku, and highlighted the symbolic function of the kigo (the season word). Two Lights was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku238,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Water can exist in the three states, gas, liquid and solid.  States looks at these three, with recordings of each, our tea kettle, overflow from Lake Kittamaqundi, and cracking ice. States   Gas - written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Vibraphone   Liquid - written for Violin, Viola, Cello and Vibraphone   Solid - written for Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba and Vibraphone
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Fulfillment was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0351: Selected Insomniac Works Volume II .    Step 1: Last week, about 60 members of the Disquiet Junto recorded ambient music for the middle of the night. The specific request was to "Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches."” This week, we’ll each select a track from last week and proceed to dial it down even further.   Step 2: Listen through the tracks from last week’s project, and...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, electronics, disquiet0351, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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I was Thinking of John Luther Adams "Among Red Mountains" when putting together this miniature piece for Disquiet 300.
Topics: Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, disquiet300, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Disquiet Junto Project 0289: Ancient Artifacts Step 1: Imagine an instrument that has been lost in the sands of time. Step 2: Imagine what that instrument sounded like. Step 3: Record a piece of music employing that instrument. (Be sure to describe your instrument’s history in an accompanying note.) The history of tuned percussion instruments in ancient Greece offers few examples (the Krotalon being one) so to fill this gap I imagined a large machine that worked like a music box.  The...
Topics: Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp, disquiet0289, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Music For Meditation was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0323: Music For Meditation .   Step 1: Consider music appropriate for meditation. Think of the sounds, the tones, the forms that might suit such a thing.   Step 2: Record a short piece of music for meditation. Make your track a set number of minutes (that is, a length divisible by 60 seconds), preferably between 7 minutes and 20 minutes. Whatever length you choose, insert a bell/chime sound precisely one minute after the...
Topics: Tubular Bell, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0323, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Fighting The Default Mode was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0321: Let’s Active .  Mind-wandering is an internally-oriented cognitive state somehow opposite to focused attention on a task or on a specific sensory input. Sad music, compared with happy music, is associated with stronger mind-wandering and greater activity of the nodes of the Default Mode Network. Thus, when listening to sad music, people withdraw their attention inwards and engage in spontaneous cognitive...
Topics: Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Celesta, disquiet0321, Racket In...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to an At Water's Edge challenge.       The challenge is, you know, scales. We challenge you to create a track using alternate tunings, unusual scales, and so on. And make it about being underwater. The idea of this piece is about being underwater and scales.  For the first part I started thinking about krill, small crustaceans that are toward the bottom of the food chain upon which so many underwater creatures depend (a blue whale can consume up to four...
Topics: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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Individual 1 (Living Under Occupation)was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0438: Deep Plan    Step 1: There is just one step this month: Compose a piece of music in which something special is situated at the very center. Background: You might simply interpret that instruction as you choose to. For additional context, you might consider this centerpiece a surprise, or you might hint at it at the opening. It might be a gap, or a presence, or something in between. At the moment...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Harpsichord, Accordion, Chorus of Sycophants, disquiet0431, RacketInMyHead
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku305 – Walking the sky   Walking the sky   a clear moon   all alone The haiku is by Ogiwara Seisensui, a Japanese haiku poet active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. He started the school of free haiku which made Ozaki Hōsai and Taneda Santoka popular. In 1911 Seisensui, with the support of Kawahigashi Hekigodo (1873-1937), founded the literary magazine Soun. Walking The Sky was written for Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku305, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku295 – night train .   night train   the briefly lit lives   of others The haiku was by Mark Gilfillan . He was one of the panelists at the Naviar Haiku Fest in London last October. He’s a member of the British Haiku Society and has been writing haiku and senryu for around seven years, His first collection Ghost Moon received positive reviews from esteemed American haiku Journal Frog Pond and the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit. I...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku295,...
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Disquiet 0268 . On most days I take a walk through the woods near my house, which normally takes about forty-five minutes.  I listen to music as I walk but decided to remove the headphones while slowly walking over the bridge. As I listened to the quiet, which was intermittently broken by birds in the distance, branches and leaves blowing as the wind picked up and died down, and the water flowing below, the ear of my mind added memories of a time to come when the...
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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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The idea of  Disquiet Junto Project 0288: Interspecies Duet was to use samples of two different animals and have them make music together, with a bonus for adding myself.   I decided to use existing samples I have made over the years, one a recording of frogs in a pond near my house and the other crows deciding to be loud very early in the morning.   In this piece the two animals use their periodic calls to contest one another.  I am represented as a collection of percussion instruments,...
Topics: disquiet0288, Cymbals, Wood Blocks, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Harp, Racket In My Head