Πέμπτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2016

Gaudí as a model for composition and the sequencers of Robert Rich

"Typically, Gaudí worked by supplying the basic architectural plans, and then almost intuitively deciding on the particular decorations as the building progressed. Gaudí’s approach to planning could be a model for a composer. While some might advocate working in an entirely intuitive fashion, others might prefer to plan, in advance, at least the main pillars of the work. The intuitive approach will inevitably result in some kind of structure. It is impossible to place sonic events in time without a structure emerging. However, the structure in this circumstance is governed by chance and has not been under the control of the composer. (If this were bricks and mortar, it might collapse!) This is the debate about the degree of intellectual control versus the free flow of ideas that is needed to create a successful musical composition. Perhaps the Gaudí model provides a good balance between complete control over every facet of the construction and the opportunity to allow creative inspiration to adorn the basic structure".



A quote from a book called Creative Music Composition, by Margaret Lucy Wilkins. I was instantly reminded of Robert Rich's "Gaudí" album after reading it, and started wondering if Rich may have specifically thought of Gaudí's architecture in a structural/compositional sense, rather than a purely aesthetic one. The partially random/improvisational, yet mostly structured nature of tracks featuring a generated (through a sequencer) and modulated series of melodies is quite similar to what is described above as ideal.

Robert Rich explaining how he does what he does (this video focuses on syncopated rhythms, but also mentions briefly in the beginning how random melodies are generated through a given set of 7 notes).


Or perhaps Robert was simply influenced and trying to imitate the impressive, fractal-esque and therefore quite ambient-esque interiors of La Sagrada Familia. I could look it up on some interview through google, but that would spoil most of the fun of pondering by oneself without being restricted by objective truth, you know?