Sonic Cinema

Sounds, Visions and Insights by Brian Skutle

I’ll keep this entry as short as possible. There’s not much to say really. I just wanted to let you guys know that I have a new composition available at both Sonic Cinema and MySpace for those of you on that site. It’s a piece I wrote in early May, but had the idea for back in 2001. It’s entitled “Weightless Waltz in F”, an electronic work meant to be part of a concept album/tone poem/alternate soundtrack I’ve wanted to compose for the Stanley Kubrick masterwork “2001: A Space Odyssey”. It is the third piece written for this larger work (entitled “Beyond the Infinite”, after a piece I wrote- also inspired by the film- back in 1999, but the first to be recorded/released. It’s more waltz-like than an actual waltz (it was timed out to match the first sequence where Strauss’ “Blue Danube” was used, but it wasn’t written to match the action onscreen), but I think it captures the light, melodic fluidity of the form nicely in its’ own way. I certainly hope that you agree.

Also, as I mentioned in my most recent email, I recently joined Society of Composers, Inc., and have begun submitting my music to concerts/festivals for consideration for performances. Well, yesterday I decided to take a chance on another, much bigger, opportunity. In the coming weeks I will be submitting an application for the fourth annual Kronos: Under 30 Project. For those who don’t know, Kronos Quartet is one of the premier string quartets in the world, not only famous for their classical performances and recordings, but also collaborators on innovative scores like “The Thin Blue Line” (by Philip Glass), “Heat” (Elliot Goldenthal), “Requiem for a Dream” (Clint Mansell), and “Spider” (Howard Shore). The past three years they have held open applications for composers under 30 to submit for them. The selected composer will then compose a work specifically for Kronos, who will then perform it after working with the composer in preparation for the world premiere, this year at Carnegie Hall. This is as close to a long shot as you can get for a composer, but my feeling was, “What do I have to lose by applying?” What I would gain should be kind of obvious.

Anyway, that’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoy my latest composition.

Thanks for listening,

Brian Skutle (Currently Out of Print)

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