These days I'm composing at home on my iMac, not at Starbucks. Mozart watches from the wall. Cats lounge about. Snippets of overheard conversation are scarce.
So I've hit on a new title picking scheme: I've been naming my spots after objects sitting on one of my desks.
There are lots of things on my desks. Clutter rules. The items I selected for names are mostly paperweights. These are made from various minerals. Some have simple geometric shapes; others have animalian form. One was a wedding gift to Leslie and myself. One was actually a found object. As in the coffee-shop old days, the title/object and the music itself bear absolutely no relationship to one another.
I've elected to combine five 30 Second Spots (average length: about 90 seconds) into a single larger work. Multiple short musical movements might suggest historical forms such as a suite to the classically inclined. Instead, I've used a visual metaphor - the still life.
Once I completed the five musical pieces and selected an order for them I then created a video which introduces each object together with the music it names. Just like a painted still life, nothing much happens in the video. To find out what the objects are and eventually see/hear the complete still life, you'll have to watch the entire video. Here it is:
Desktop Stilllife © 2010 by David Ocker - 407 seconds. (I've opted to write "still life" as a single word in the title because I like seeing three ells in a row.)
Here's a photo I took in 2004. I called it "Still Life in our Kitchen". I could write more 30 Second Spots and call them after fruits and vegetables.
You can watch other 30 Second Spots which come with video:
- (Sometimes I Feel Like) A Newspaper in Traffic
- Flashing (for Kraig Grady)
- Water With Ducks
- The Chowder Jump
- Rain Random
- Birds Who Don't Know the Words
- Flag Day
Desktop Tags: 30 Second Spots. . . David Ocker. . . Desktop. . . Still Life