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Day 15: Son Lux Reaches Halfway Point Of Album-In-A-Month Project

by Ryan Lott
Feb 15, 2011

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NOTE: All this month, we're tracking the artist known as Son Lux (Ryan Lott) as he writes and records an entire album from start to finish. Previous posts: Day One, Day Three, Day Four, Day Eight, Day Ten.

So, yesterday was the halfway point. I'm doing well. I have 10 solid song ideas that are quickly telling me what they want to be when they grow up. Over the weekend, I worked on my 10th sketch, which is pretty unusual. Check out how it came together.

Occasionally, I like to sample myself. I take a fragment of music I've written for something else (like dance, for example), re-contextualize it and use it as a starting point for something new. Last week, I had a session with the string trio from yMusic and asked them to bring along their parts for a chamber piece I had written for them more than a year ago. So we tracked it, and this is the section I chose to build from for a new song. Listen to how each part is in a different meter. The cello is in five, the viola is in four and the violin is in three.

First, I added a piano part, implying a couple of simple harmony changes and establishing a tangible pulse (a steady 5/8).

Then I created a rather sinister beat. The way I thought about it was, If the string trio and piano were transformed into a drum kit and drum machine, what would they sound like?

And this is yin and yang together. So fun.

Finally, here's some more footage from the studio. The music on it is the track I was working on while this was filmed.

Now, on to flutes and clarinets!

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