A few weeks ago I saw someone posted on Twitter about TwtrSymphony orchestra. Sounds interesting I thought, so tweeted to the composer Chip Michael whose tweet one of my friends had retweeted. I found out a bit more and it is a crazy but intriuging idea of “A collection of classical musicians making music in 140 beats or less!” Still intrigued I said count me in! Not really having a clue how this was all going to work, but as the days went on it became clearer. We record the music, send it off and it is all “fitted” together to make a complete piece. Sounds easy……I fear not!
So within a week or so we were sent via dropbox (another new thing to me!) the audition piece.
As expected, there were several flute players (we are such a common breed) who had shown an interest, so the idea is as well as the main orchestra there will be a flute choir piece too and other chamber ensembles in due course.
So I cracked on learning the audition piece which was fun. I play a lot of contemporary music so the strange rhythms were not unusual to me. So I recorded the audition piece and sent it off. Chip then contacted me and said what did I use to play the click track, as by the time I got to the end it wasn’t in time! Click track? oops! That was in the dropbox folder too! (I am SO great with technology)
So take 2 happened with the click track. I love click tracks and have played a lot of contemporary pieces so am used to playing with one. It is just like playing with a metronome I suppose except the click track does “bring out” the important beats in the bar, the only problem I had was getting the click track loud enough to hear it over the flute as the tone is quite similar in pitch to that of the flute. Well the husband did some jiggery pokery with some gadget or app or something and made it louder for me.
We then emailed our recordings off to be judged and also to see how well they fit in with the sample that was sent to us and decisions were made and we were informed if we were successful or not.
Well on 30th March I got an email to say I was going to be part of the crazy but yet exciting project that is Twtrsymphony.
Since then, lots of us have been tweeting with the other members and getting to know other musicians from around the world. A great thing I think.
All the parts were sent out this week for the “The Hawk Goes Hunting” the 1st movement from the Symphony for everyone to start practicing and recording. I don’t have to record this piece, but can if I want as I am playing in the flute choir piece. I have had a look at this piece over the last couple of days and have enjoyed it so far. I will submit a recording just as much as to give me something to work towards and focus my mind on,and also that is a change from a lot of the repertoire I am currently working on.
This project is a serious amount of work for all those involved, but especially for Chip Michael the composer, who is having to compose this piece and all the parts and I think the ball has well and truly started rolling and am sure there will be many other pieces in the future. Not only does he have to compose and do the admin for it all, he then has to “fit” all of the recordings together to make up the final symphony. PHEW!
A month on, Twtrsymphony is being talked about all the time on twitter and has created a real buzz.
I feel very lucky to be involved with such an unusual and groundbreaking project.