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Industrial Park Stomp (Urban Dance Music, #2)


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This is the second of three pieces collectively called Urban Dance Music, for live sax and virtual (i.e., MIDI) ensemble, commissioned by a local ballet company. The first piece in the set, Late-Night Blues, was my first MacJams upload.

This version uses a MIDI sax, whereas when it is played live, a live sax player is used. I realize that a live sax sounds better, and if any alto sax players out there are good readers and want to do a collaboration, let me know. I also made a version of these three pieces that was performed in a concert last summer with a flutist, a live turntablist, and I played guitar.

This was sequenced using Digital Performer, and all sounds are from a Korg Trinity keyboard.

Here is an adaptation of the programme note from my website:

Industrial Park Stomp begins with an aggressive feel, as befits the title; think of a bunch of percussionists whacking things at an abandoned oil refinery or elsewhere in the industrial wasteland. The second section (with Balinese bells playing the theme) is more lyrical, and works its way eventually to a false ending, complete with the sound of a record-player needle stuck at the end of a record. The needle is hastily lifted off the “record” (this was all done with samples; no actual records were harmed), and the next section begins with a drum solo. Actually, there are two virtual “drummers” heard on separate speakers, who are soon joined by the saxophonist. This turns out to be a relatively lengthy transition section, and leads back to a return of the opening material, slightly varied. At the end, if you listen carefully, you should be able to hear birds, which have come perhaps to assess the damage done by all the aggressive dancing and pounding. 18 tracks were used to create all the percussion sounds in this piece.
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paul f. page said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
And I...
...come home to this?! Well. What an energetic, well-thought-out, magnificently-orchestrated dance concoction. This is so superb, Clark, on every single level I can think of. Knowing that it was music created for dance really helps my understanding of it. Must have been a visual delight. And if it wasn't, well, the music more than offers enough to stand on its own...Love the noisemakers just after the mid-section. Congratulations on the commission, your scoring, and the whole concept...and, of course, your digital recording. Full of power, precision, wonderful counterpoint, and a certain/definite feeling of exultation. Deserving of the highest praise!!! Very glad you posted this. I have learned a lot from listening to it.
Peace.
Paul
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composerclark said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Thanks
Wow Paul, what a thoughtful and generous comment! I am so glad you had a listen, and that you liked it!
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Feter said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Industrial Park Stomp
This is impressive ...I can imagen the dance ..very nice drama ..
hard music ..well structured ..sure no less ..its CR music ...
thnx alot for sharin such Art with us !!!
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composerclark said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Thanks
And thanks, as always, to you, with your generous and kindhearted soul, for your nice comment! I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
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Ed Hannifin said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
There I was...
...hanging out with my buddies, whacking things, at an abandoned oil refinery, as we like to do of an evening... And we were getting down, ya know how that goes? Feeling, maybe, a lack of role models, and a general sense that there was nothing in the current pop or even classical repertoire that was written specifically for what we had goin' on... Sure, there was that Bach arrangement with the pipe wrenches, but nothing, you know, that was gonna take us from the kerosene drums to that Riverdance status...

But then...

Clark, I love what you do. You put the fun back in 'experimental' without dumbing anything down... I'll joyfully return for the 'real sax' version... And I'm coming back later to listen over headphones, 'cause I've got the feeling that it's even cooler that way... It's neat how melodic lines jump from treble-ish instruments to bass-ish instruments, and even seem to cross through the percussion tones along the way...

Wait'll my clogging group hears this!

Ed
composerclark said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Thanks
You were there too??? I don't know how we missed each other, then. I practically LIVE at abandoned oil refineries, whacking anything resonant and coming up with new, increasingly funky beats, along with my equally disenfranchised fellow youths.

But no matter; the important thing is that you and I, in our shared love of pipe wrenches and kerosene drums, are kindred spirits, and now I must pause a moment as I am quite verklempt over it all... Okay, moment over, all better now... Uh... what were we talking about?

Oh yeah, thanks for your witty and nice comment! Much appreciated.
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Macaudion said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Woa... kinda turned me on a bit...
Wow... kinda turned me on a bit...
...Excuse me while I step back and give ya just a wee bit more space, Mr. Ross... Hehehe

Pretty exhilarating listen! Those low throbbing syncopated beats!... The relentlessness of "well thought out" perc/drum action!... Well..., everything here that goes, "bang bing boom", it all has my innards giddy with pleasure! The ghostly synth or chimes or bells or whatever they are!... The intensity, along with a scent of danger lurking about!... The urgency of action... Liked the sax too!

I was gonna prove to be all keen w/ intuition while thinking to mention how this has kind of a dirty oily metallic feel to it, but there in lies the dead-on-ness of the title, keenness of intelligent intent and not, my smarts...

All I know is, I'm gonna be like you, kinda..., when I grow up!

So nice to see you posting a new tune! Thank you, Sir! Dion
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composerclark said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Thanks
No need to prove your keen intuition to me; you prove that every time you post a track! And I always love your stream of consciousness comments... always insightful and upbeat... and appreciated!

Thanks very much, Dion.
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Vic Holman said 3061 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
a stroll through the park
fantastic composition!

a very cool listen of course. But, the strategy in placement and instrumentation is so impressive. You never know what's coming next. yup, fantastic!
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composerclark said 3061 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks very much, VH — Very nice of you to leave a comment!
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guitapick said 3061 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Great piece, Clark...
...the percussion's absolutely off the charts. Love to hear it with the live sax...though I can definitely "catch it" with your virtual one. I like the electric guitar sound you throw in there, too.

I bet this sounds fantastic on huge speakers in a dance space...

Congratulations on another stellar creation, Clark!
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composerclark said 3058 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks Bob, I'm glad you liked it. And yes, it sounds pretty powerful through big stage speakers. Thanks again!
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magnatone said 3061 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Industrial Park Stomp
good GOD, this is unbelievable! you are so many stratospheres above anything i can even begin to vaguely conceive of - this is just remarkable clark. you had me with every beat, every note - this is such a dynamic listen, i will be listening to it many times during biking season - it will be GREAT going over mountain passes! i'm totally impressed by what you did with this midi sax, but that's only one of about 100 impressive things in here. this is so excellent in headphones! WOWZA sir - you are a master!
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composerclark said 3058 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks Karen; I love your enthusiasm! I really appreciate your comment.
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VicDiesel said 3061 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Mosolov on Midi!
I didn't know you were branching out into this sort of mayhem. It's a quite intriguing composite of sounds, and will definitely benefit from having a real sax player. Very cool piece.

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composerclark said 3058 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Thanks
Wow! Someone who knows of Mosolov! Very impressive. He's one of those names that never really gets much coverage in music history texts, except a usually brief mention in connection to Futurism. "The Iron Foundry" is his most famous piece, which is probably what made you think of him in connection to my piece. I would guess that Mosolov would have a blast writing music with the digital technology available nowadays.

Thanks very much for the comment.

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Ibstrat said 3061 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
This
is one of the coolest things i have heard in a long time.I'd be interested to know how you constructed the melody- the main part seems based on C with lots of b9's b6 etc. Then the middle sounds like Bb with a couple modulations... then back to C... I will listen to this many times.Amazing creativity I LOVE it!
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composerclark said 3058 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Thanks
I think you have the basic harmonic framework figured out correctly. The section after the opening goes to F#, then to Bb, then briefly to Eb. Your basic C - F# - Bb - Eb - C key progression. Despite the fact that I teach music theory, I tend not to think too much about it when writing music; it's only after the fact that I try to figure out what I did in terms of keys, chords, etc., and then only when I get stuck.

I'm really glad you had a listen, and that you enjoyed it!
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mowguy3 said 3060 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Off the chart
A very interesting listen. this was a adventure. What's next? A fantastic web of creativity. Thank you!
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composerclark said 3057 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks for the comment! Much obliged. I just left a comment for you latest song.
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davisamerica said 3060 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
such a wild
collection of sounds. An amazing track and a download ! Thank You.
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composerclark said 3057 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Thanks
Glad you liked it; just left a comment for your latest. Cheers.
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futzpucker said 3059 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
Astounding
I think I've mentioned to you Clark, I wish I had the harmonic toolbox you have. I can add versatility to the things you possess that I rather envy.

This is an amazing composition, utilizing an amazing variety of sounds in a creative and compelling way. I love the dynamics, the punch, the energy, the drive, the sense of adventure and playfulness. I get the feeling of you going off on your own here, blazing your own path, so to speak. I admire that about you as well.

The combination of knowledge of popular music and academic music, and the use of both, separate you from the rest of us, and give us all a glimpse of what else is possible. Thanks for the education, Professor.
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composerclark said 3057 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Thanks
Patrick, you are too kind, and I think all of MacJams is richer because of it. I am flattered silly, and I thank you for your generous comment!
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lengold said 3059 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Absolutely
superb. Wish I was in a theatre watching/listening to this. I know it would sound better with a live sax player, but this isn't exactly bad - in fact it's excellent. Love the dynamics and tensions created. Great production too.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
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composerclark said 3057 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
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Thanks Len! Very nice of you to leave a comment! I'm glad that you liked it.
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Parichayaka said 3058 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Powerful!!
Wow. What a surprise. Wonderful to hear your evolved talent applied to this kind of genre (the defied kind of genre - this is amazingly original to my ears!). Loved the details within the percussion and instrumentation. This piece sounds like performance art by virtue of its energy alone, no need for visuals even. I can imagine how this would be difficult, but tremendous fun to perform for any accomplished saxophone player (like you mentioned, midi saxophone - they yet have to come up with a proper midi counterpart) and the solo track fleshed out for a whole brass section - I'd have to drink gallons of chamomile tea to settle down again!

I've been impressed before by your talent and accomplishment, but this was as much a surprise as it was a jolt of energy and another testament to your versatility.
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composerclark said 3057 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Thanks
You are a tremendous talent, and I appreciate your generous and warm comment!
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Scott Carmichael said 3058 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
If Lucas had the opportunity
to use this track in the "Star wars bar scene"... I think this would have won hands down.... and although my inisial impression is one of humor... perhaps because this is you.... as my ears peel back the layers, I can hear the panache... you have a pallette that is outside the visible/audio spectrum...

I love how you build this the same way we always build a piece of music, but somehow you're using completely different materials...
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composerclark said 3057 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks Scott. I laughed at your reference to the Star Wars bar scene... The truth is that Lucas leaves messages for me practically every week asking for permission to use my music in his films, but I ignore them, usually because he calls right in the middle of "The Price is Right," or "Wheel of Fortune," or, a couple of times, in the middle of "Gilligan's Island," and these are shows that I cannot miss. Yep, that's the truth, or should I say "truth"?

Anyway, I still want to jam with you one day. Ya never know, could happen...!

And thanks!
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Scott Carmichael said 3057 days ago (May 13th, 2009)
Jamming
well isn't it in the job discription that professors have to travel to NYC... then you could stay here... Lois and I love to intertain, and you'd have a ball.. you may be disappointed in the jamming, but Lois' cooking would make up for it..
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Doug Somers said 3054 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
Would be fascinating to see this with dancers
I can feel quick frenetic movement, brief periods of calm, whirling, and playful jazz steps. The variation of instruments in the rhythm section provides a series of wonderful surprises in both their appearances and pairings/contrasts as well as in the often unpredictable rhythms they play. The progression through the piece is interesting too as it almost seems as if different members of the troupe get to express the stomp in their own style. I love the dance between the bass and the sax in part 3 which makes for a fun foil to the re-entry of the syncopated metal strikes and other percussive phrases. Your final wind down with the drop on the last note of the sax seems to say the the dancers are exhausted after such a display of spirited movement. And is the final sound a needle lifting off a record?

Very cool piece!

Cheers,
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Andy-bm said 3039 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Holy Crap!
This starts out like chaos....in a cool way....I just don't seem to be able to turn it off ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! !

This is an unbelievable mind trip, man. I love it!

//Andy
drakonis said 3038 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
chaotic synergy
There's something on the edge of chaotic and "out of control" at times with the rhythms and melodies... but there's an underlying cohesion that duct-tapes this all together into an insightfully energetic and strangely compelling urban odyssey. I see Stravinsky tapping out the 9/4 time and bobbing his head in his grave. Enjoyed this.
ttfn,
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Giusepppe said 3037 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Sounds for the jungle of the city
sounds for the jungle of the city, very good the structure, calm and intense ascent with some reminiscence of chick Corea, great
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kassia said 3031 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
whoa
how cool is this?? awesome use of textures and rhythms. this is an incredibly well composed and structured piece. i would kill to hear it performed live. really great work on the percussion. there is an easy, flowing improv feel to this that belies all the hard work that I'm sure went into each detail. a brilliant piece of sound. thank you!
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thetiler said 3026 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
This would be an
excellent MOVIE TRACK for a suspense thriller were detectives are breaking down the door to get the bad guy ! Really !

Push this to that type of producer ! I know that is tough to do, but that part with the pounce feel really has that feel, like I angry detective is breaking down a hard to open door with his foot etc. And the list goes on.

Your music is on SUCH a very high level in creativity ! REally !
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dirigent said 3025 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Tricky rhythm
I love the industrial sound and the very well elaborated percussion work.
An inventive track with a contemporary-avantgarde-touch and many various facettes.
Superb rendition, bravo!!
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chikoppi said 3004 days ago (July 5th, 2009)
Steel-toed Ballet
The great thought put in to the arrangement of the percussion is very enjoyable! I also appreciate the broad range of dynamics and density you inject. The composition carries the listener across multiple moods and degrees of energy, something I'd think a choreographer would utilize with great effect. I'm not sure how many percussionists (and instruments) you'd need to pull this off live, but I'd really like to watch a performance. The big, angular steps of the sax part work very well with the theme of the song.

Very well conceived, written, and executed! Cheers!
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thetiler said 2746 days ago (March 19th, 2010)
It seems to me
that your ONE of the very few that can pull something like this off! Amazing! Usually somebody that tries something like this and it just doesn't work. But wow, this really is so strong in being so systematic when something like this wouldn't seem possible to bring it all together. Wow, love that Bolo Sete de carnavel feel were his percussionist rubs that balloon thingy and makes high sounds. So many surprises. Love the timpani sounds and the list goes on !

Way to go ! Impressed !
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2724 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
I love...
... your creativity. It's good to have the experience of listening to your work in various genres... it sure does show what a great music background you got!

I like this piece, very much. Not a fan of MIDI sound, but when it's done extremely well, like the case here, I sure am a fan!
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Kicbal said 2512 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Astounding
This has some epic grooves and transitions and I enjoyed the controlled chaos at times. The bass reminds me a bit of a group called Jungle Funk (former members of Living Colour. This was a great aural journey to take.
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