Summer has begun. Spring is done. Yeah, I know that this happened like 10 days ago - news travels slowly on the Internet.
The join between Spring and Summer is called the Summer Solstice, longest day of the year on the top half of the planet. There's enough sunshine for me to go to bed at sunrise and still enjoy hours of daylight once I struggle back to wakefulness. Bad season for vampires.
I finished my most recent Season, called Spring 2014, just before the Solstice. I began composing Spring 2014 back on the Spring Equinox, and it, like all my previous Seasons, consists of one music event for each day.
Many of these events were composed on the actual day. In the score each segment is marked with a date. I add an asterisk if I actually worked on the music on that very date. On Mondays I add a double bar because of something called Garbage Day Periodicity.
Spring 2014 is one hour and twelve minutes long which is an average length for pieces in this series. Annoyingly, 80% of Spring 2014 is silence. That's only one minute of music for every 5 minutes of actual time. Listening to it as if it were normal music could try your patience.
I offer two better ways to listen. One is to remove the silence. I would be silly to expect you to do that yourself, so I do it for you. I call these shortened versions The Seasons (short version). With the silences removed a real piece is revealed. You could almost call it "normal music". Yes, I compose The Seasons with that in mind. Think of it as time sped up.
The other solution is to play Spring 2014 simultaneously with some other music. The best choice is to combine multiple Seasons, just play several at the same time and let whatever is going to happen happen. You can also combine The Seasons with normal music. Baroque music is a good choice. So is minimalism. In fact The Seasons is a perfect addition to any music which could use an added element of surprise, some extra variety or a bit of aural spice.
Click here to hear Spring 2014 by David Ocker © 2014 by David Ocker, 4357 seconds
Click here for links to all The Seasons and The Seasons (short versions) and their associated blog posts plus some other stuff that I think is related to this musical project.
Here, for no particular reason, is a picture I took because I always try to post at least one picture.