Music

The Foggy, Foggy Dew - audition piece

  • Posted on: 10 February 2016
  • By: agittins

The second of my two audition pieces for entry to UNE's Bachelor of music. SOOoooo much room for improvement but it got me through :-)

The Foggy, Foggy Dew is a traditional English folk song, this being the version created and popularised by Benjamin Britten. It is a somewhat cheeky tale of a love from years ago complete with thinly-veiled justification for following one's heart.

Lasciatemi morire - audition piece

  • Posted on: 10 February 2016
  • By: agittins

The first of my two audition pieces for entry to UNE's Bachelor of music. Still soooo much room for improvement but it got me through :-)

Lasciatemi morire is from Claudio Monteverdi's opera L'Arianna. It is Ariadne's lament at being abandoned by her love on the island of Naxos.

Huge thanks to Jason Barry-Smith who got me to this stage with a sum total of three singing lessons in my life!

New Old Track: The Day You Went Away (warning: vocals!)

  • Posted on: 7 June 2008
  • By: agittins
A cover of Wendy Matthews' early-90's song. First track with vocals - don't know if that's a good or bad thing (the first note is not a good thing)! I actually recorded this in July/August last year, my reservations about the vocal have stopped me putting it up, so I decided I'd best just suck it up, post it and learn from it. And yeah, I do think (the original) is a great song - if that means I have to hand in my bloke-card, so be it. At least it's not a Celine Dion track! :-)

New Track: Charon's Challenge

  • Posted on: 7 June 2008
  • By: agittins
Charon's Challenge is a piece I threw together for the ABC's Orpheus Remix Project, which asked people to submit a statement on Opera in it's 400th year and on the work of L'Orfeo, one of the first operatic works known. The ABC provided a collection of samples from Pinchgut Opera's 2004 performance of L'orfeo, of which at least one was to be used in the 4 minute remix. My submission didn't rate a mention in the final show but it was an interesting challenge to work in the samples into a bigger work - something I hadn't actually ever tried before. I used a male vocal sample which had a small violin riff in it as well, and a sample from Euridice's part. The rest is original material, with an improvised two-part call and response between Charon and Orpheus, some strings and synth choir backing and light percussion courtesy of the excellent Hydrogen application. Dianne pointed out that the clean guitar track (apart from having some bum notes) was very Pink Floyd-ish - I'll take that as a compliment but it might mean I am copying David Gilmour's favourite riffs more than working on my own. Food for thought. Comments welcome.

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