Thursday, January 11, 2018
Blog Assignment #1 - Ryan Cox
Last semester, I really didn't really get much of a chance to really work on many personal projects. A lot of my focus was dedicated to juggling my classes, and improving on my abilities as a recording and mixing engineer. However, I have had some ideas in mind for projects, and have been testing out these ideas.
In the past, I've really enjoyed minimalism, and its influence on music today. One of my favorite groups to sort of incorporate this style is the post-rock duo El Ten Eleven. Over the past summer, I started to mess around with music like this (along with some DIY/Punk demos). The incorporation of looping ideas, repeating harmonic textures, and familiar intervals was something I really enjoyed about the instrumental duo, and something I really tried to emulate.
One of my other projects over the summer was starting to 'electrify' my saxophone. I still haven't come close to perfecting it, but I think I'm getting there. Colin Stetson (an alumnus of the U of M saxophone studio) has been someone whose work I keep finding myself going back to for inspiration. This piece is a favorite of mine, not necessarily because of the instrumentation, but because of the sense of space it creates. I really love how he creates these wide, expansive, colorful soundscapes.