May 18th, 2009

Ann Vole

Dreamy music

One component of my dreams is music. Often my dreams are more like TV shows and include some interesting background music. I just woke up from a dream which was a show based in the premise of a janitor character who worked at a Crime Investigation laboratory and secretly solved the crimes and made the evidence obvious for the investigators or pointed out the error in their methods. In this case, he wanted a peek at a live insect in a sample bottle made for keeping live insects but the insect got loose. He discovered another insect that was almost identical but slightly different on the floor where the one he let loose was. he went back to the desk where the first one got loose and indeed there was another sample bottle with a loose lid and no insect inside. He put the two insects in the two bottles but of course there is no way to be sure they were not mixed up. Upon the realization that in order to convey this possible switch properly, his sneaky actions would have to be included and he would be fired. While he panicked and was thinking of a possible solution, I woke up. The background music sounded like a Philip Glass version of a Brian Eno attempt at doing a Henry Mancini sneaky movie moment.

here are some example sources of those three:
http://www.philipglass.com/ <- check out the "music" tab and then click the "listen/watch" button and choose "The Hours" or any of the "Etudes for Piano"
http://www.philipglass.com/audioplayer/audioplayer.html <- this might take you directly to the "Listen/watch" page
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnnvSh0WCkY <- one Eno song with the right sort of sound except without the voice and electric guitar parts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFNFDPpkTJs <- another Eno song with more of the happy-sneaky feel I was thinking of from Mancini
http://www.henrymancini.com/ <- check out the "his music" tab after the intro then "music samples" and maybe try "Soldier in the Rain" or "Main Theme (of Touch of Evil)" ... he did the Pink Panther theme for an example you are likely well aware of and the music for the Great Mouse Detective
Ann Vole

The Microsoft sound

(wiki quote) In 1994 Microsoft corporation designers Mark Malamud and Erik Gavriluk approached Brian Eno to compose music for the Windows 95 project. The result — composed by Eno on an Apple Macintosh computer — was the six-second start-up music-sound of the Windows 95 operating system, The Microsoft Sound. In the San Francisco Chronicle he said: [15]
“ The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I'd been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, "Here's a specific problem — solve it."

The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said "and it must be 31/4 seconds long."

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It's like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I'd finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno