Iain Cameron's Diary
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2010-10-02 - 9:48 a.m.
There have been a wave of pieces in the last couple of days. One is worth a bit more description in particular the guitar part. It is made entirely of three note quartal chords – there are three possible shapes and I tried to use all three. The aim was to play series of chords in quick succession without any reference to a particular key. The bass line is similarly out of any specific key and introduces variation by shifting the pulse length – quavers then minims the triplets then crotchets etc. I have no idea how to program drums for this. The Dhorn line sits on the top very well – in truth I think one could improvise in any key. I am deliberately trying to copy the approach known as time no changes which the 2nd great MD 5tet popularised on records like ESP and Miles Smiles. The drummer Tony Williams introduced a new language of drums and I don’t have enough technique to approach it. The piece has a tremendous forward energy even without drums – it s either 120bpm or 240bpm – I think it might be the latter. Last night I worked out how to cover all 12 tones in 4 chords. I think the plan is that we review what we have got in the approved file. I quite like the bossa I wrote about 5 weeks ago. Jamiroquai were on TV.