VARIATIONS OVER A THEME BY M. OLDFIELD ["OMMADAWN"].
DRAFT VERSION (TO BE COMPLETED 2017).
INSTRUMENTS: classical guitar and two 6-stringed steel guitars, electric guitar, and keyboards (= organ, bass, kalimba, flute, VST voices; drums played by hitting muted guitars & drum pad).
The classical composers did this all the time: taking a melody by someone else, and composing something new out of it - Variations by a theme by X. E.g., Johannes Brahms made a wonderful 25-part piano-suite based on a theme by Handel (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variations_…_Theme_by_Handel), ending with an amazingly complex contrapunctal passage. A stunning piece, well worth seeking on Youtube (or whereever).
My uploaded track is an attempt to create some variations on a theme by Oldfield. For reasons explained below, it is only a first draft and it is clearly a bit unpolished. I plan to make it considerably longer.
Wouldn't it be better to focus my efforts on my own material entirely, you may ask? Rather than fiddeling around with old ideas? Well, that is not always how inspiration works!
Due to recently having bought a new guitar, I wanted to soundcheck it, investigating it's scope and limitations together with other instruments. So, (perhaps inspired by the soon release of R.T.O. by Mr. Oldfield, scedueled for the 20th January), I started to improvise over the OMMADAWN theme... Initially, that allowed me to focus on the guitar playing, rather than composing... One thing gave another, the recording became longer ... I never planned to release this - but the challenge is here now: the mountain is in front of me, and for that reason only I must climb it. As simple as that - it keeps me inspired!
In my view, no progressive instrumental record is more remarkable than the original 1975 OMMADAWN; absolutely stunning in all possible ways, and it has shaped my own way of approaching music. [Obviously, no comparison intended -any such would immediately result in a RED CARD].
The original OMMADAWN is an artefact. With its unearthly motifs, harmonics, continuous flowing, superior playing on a multitude of instruments (including some tremendously advanced guitar solos), it is incomparable to all other music.
Did I not know better, I could have counted it as a success of the SETI project: finally, a message from the Overlords! Inserted here on Earth by a vastly superior civilisation, with an intruiging hidden message ... :) Damn it that we can't grasp what it has to say to us - but for sure, something deeply profound. The only thing we intuitively feel is that it can't have been composed by any human - right? Finally, a really wonderful conspiratory theory! Alan Turing still alive, working secretly in Area 51 using super Quantum Computers on decrypting the inner meaning of the 1975 OMMADAWN signal... ;)
Regardless of what you may think of my draft, it was respectfully meant, and in the unlikely event that you liked some of it: make sure to fully credit the original composer for that.
First draft recorded 14-15 January 2017. (Uploaded 18th - wanted it partially out-of-my-system before the 20th).
Thx for listening //DS
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