Daniel V. Klein's Music
This is a very rough page right now...
I am actively involved in an a cappella group called
In Acchord. I sing with them,
and recently was executive producer of our latest CD,
Lately I have been playing with
GarageBand on the Mac,
composing music. Actually, I have composed music for all of my life, but it
has been stuck in my head - I can't play keyboards (or anything else, save
singing and whistling), and I can barely read music, let alone write it down,
so complex music has been trapped in my head. But now I am able to lay down
multiple MIDI tracks (often I first sing the part into a mic, record it, then I
translate it into MIDI; and sometimes I just pencil in the notes directly
into the piano-roll notation) - and all of this from a $50 package called
iLife that Apple sells (GarageBand is just one of four components).
Truthfully, wonderful as Garageband is, I outgrew it in a month or so. It
lets you choose one key signature, and I wrote a piece which required
one measure of 5/4 time every now and again (the rest being 4/4 in heavy
swing), and so I bought Logic Express - and that's a whole 'nother ball of
wax. I need to grow into that...
- My first GarageBand piece grew out of a songwriting class. The lyrics
will crawl out of my head "any day now", but the song itself is
On the Edge of Everywhere, a song
about limitless possibilities.
- I just recently finished a theme and variations for piano, and I am really
starting to feel my reach. It is pretty elaborate - not to mention that some
parts of the piece will be rather difficult for most amateurs to play, with
a pair of counter-melodies and three counter rhythms in the eighth variation.
It is vaguely Bach/Motzartean, with some Klezmer/Yiddish influences thrown in
to the mix :-), so I called it Yiddishe Tango.
- My friend Karen has two little dogs. Maltese. They are sweet, but they
tend to yip, yap, yarp... This is called TechnoDog,
and was inspired by a riff I thought up while (yeah, I know, Too Much
Information) sitting on the toilet listening to the yaps...
- This is a start of a song called Wake Up Eve,
a song sung by the Serpent in a musical about the Biblical story of Creation,
words by a friend of mine...
- And here are two different versions of a waltz
of Cain and Abel (with Abel dying). One with piano and another with piano and strings.
- This is the start of a classical fugue,
but I haven't figured out how to end it yet...
More as I write it!