I’m spending some time looking at my personal and professional priorities. Those change as time passes. It’s time for me to look at mine again and see what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, what’s become more important or less important.
In doing so, I’m looking at a lot of resources to help myself with this. I came across something called Paired Comparison Analysis. I was familiar with bubble sort from my dabbling in computer coding long ago. This is similar but with a couple extra features. The site where I learned about it–which has a handy, free, downloadable worksheet–is www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_02.htm.
I thought you might be interested in an application of this device in a creative person’s context. To understand how this analysis works, read the article linked to above and watch its very short video. No point in me re-explaining it. They do it better anyway.
Below is my analysis of the items I couldn’t really decide among. The results conform to what I sort of suspected, but nice to know there’s some data to back up my suspicion. The list is what to write next since I feel an urge to do them all (anthems, piano solos, short concerti for piano a la Mozart scope, orchestral music of which several pieces are already started, 4-hands piano pieces which can be fun to bang through with friends, or some more purely electronic music).
Now…don’t be fooled! The creative mind will have its own way. It may cooperate and do what this analysis suggests or it might not. More often than not, Kokopelli has other plans. As Woody Allen said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Also, every time–and I’m pretty sure it’s EVERY DAMN TIME–I tell anyone what I’m going to write next…I never do. So, we’ll see. We’ll see.
Paired Comparison Analysis does seem like a useful tool as a helpful hint in decision making, though, even if it’s not an oracle.
PS: this was originally posted on my personal blog, hkjones.info.
It is so easy to get distracted in life, isn’t it?! My intention with this blog was to regularly call attention to past pieces I’ve written as well as new ones. It’s the “regularly” part of that intention that went astray. So, today, I’m trying to climb back on that wagon and see if I can stay on it.
Tales of the Laughing Wizards is a suite of pieces for electronic sound. Each piece within the suite is a different wizard with a name suggestive of the tone of that piece. I don’t write much electronic music any more, but at one point in my life that was “my thing” so to speak. Now, I prefer to write music that humans enjoy playing on acoustic instruments.
I wish I could find a way to make the sounds that are possible to make with electronics, but with an acoustic orchestra, but that’s beyond me. That’s ok… Getting older has taught me one’s limitations are best just accepted sometimes.
Here’s Tales of the Laughing Wizards!
There are some recent additions to my website in the Organ and Choir listing. If you get a chance, please listen, especially to the newer organ pieces. Of course, if you know any choir directors or organists who might be interesting in any of this, please forward them the link to this post. I’d love to get some performances.
NOTE: Choral recordings may differ slightly
from scores because of later editing. Both 4-part
and simpler 2-part versions are available for most anthems.
|O Loving Founder Of The Stars||(SATB)||MP3||SCORE||2015|
|I Look to Thee in Every Need||(2-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||2014|
|The Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning||(Unison with EZ 4-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||2014|
|The Lost||(2-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||2014|
|The River’s Song||(2-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||2013|
|All Bless the One||(2-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||1993|
|Be Still And Know (Psalm 46)||SATB (or TTBB))||MP3||SCORE||1993|
|Have This Love||(SATB)||MP3||SCORE||1993|
|Bound by Love||(SATB)||MP3||SCORE||1993|
|Happy Are the Lowly Poor||(2-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||1990|
|In You We Live||(SATB)||MP3||SCORE||1990|
|As A Doe Longs (Psalm 42-43)||SATB)||MP3||SCORE||1990|
|Psalm 40 (May We See Your Radiant Face)||2-part mixed)||MP3||SCORE||1990|
|Kol Mishp’chot Haahdamah||(SATB)||MP3||SCORE||1986|
|Beloved, Let Us Love||(SATB w/soprano & baritone solos)||MP3||SCORE||1980|
|Music for Eucharist; Rite II||(unison congregation)||MP3||SCORE||1980|
|Three Hymn Tune Anthems||(SATB)||MP3||SCORE||1968|
LYRIC RAGS — a sonata for violin and piano
Mov 1 – City Nights
Mov 2 – Silent Waltz
Mov 3 – Sky Highway
Composed in 1975, the 3rd movement is my favorite of the three, but I’m also fond of the 2nd movement. The first movement is a bit severe…more dissonant than I remember. The score is available at https://hiltonkeanjones.com/scores/Lyric_Rags.pdf.
In my last post, I was able to present the score for one of my three most recent orchestral pieces. Tn this post I can announce that I’ve finished editing the score of the second of these. It can be downloaded (free) HERE.
The audio may be streamed (free) HERE (or use the player below). I strongly recommend listening on headphones or good speakers, not just tiny laptop speakers.
In my last post, I also talked a bit about the orchestra I find myself writing for. Basically, it’s solo woodwinds, solo and ensemble brass, at least 3 percussionists plus timpani, keyboard, and harp, plus–always–a full string section. However, in multi-movement compositions different movements use different subsets of that basic orchestration.
For instance, in The Geography of Dreams, you can compare the instrumentation among the movements from this list.
Mov. 1 – Dream of the City by the Sea and the Dark Castle Beyond Its Walls
Mov. 2 – Busts made of cork spinning slowly through the air
Mov. 3 – In the Hills Outside the City, the Old Man Sits by His Fire Conversing with the Forest Animals
english horn solo
Perc 1: Marimba
Perc 3: celeste
keyboard (“chiffy” organ sound)
Mov. 4 – Amidst The City’s Desolation The Anima Appears As A Woman Clothed In Radiant White
horn section & solo
Perc 1: tam-tam
Perc 2: grand casa
Perc 3: tubular bells
Mov. 5 – Twilight Peal in the City of Dreams
horns section (unison)
trumpet section (unison)