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Well, what can I say? I have started writing a lot, and although some of the quality is questionable, it feels good to be in the process of writing.  So many questions get thrown up and then answered by circumstance.  I’m really enjoying digging into my jazz chord hall of fame.  Of course, I also know that the material I’m using goes past so quickly, that ultimately, I will have to sacrifice their richness for the sake of clarity.  Oh well. And so on to South African Print Making.  After the LSO’s concert for A Journey through Life, I have been thinking a lot about image and music.  The only other orchestral example I have seen was Adés’ Seven Days, which used a very different technique.  I have been around Southern African prints all my life, and they are deeply fascinating to me.  To what end, I don’t know, but I think that I have a way to investigate this relationship between image and sound.  William Kentridge and Ndavasla Muafangejo are the starting points for me with this.  Oops, just checked the time – five mintues…… Better stop.!

Experimenting with some jazz ideas.  The plan is to try to use them at three different strengths.  At the moment it is the extra mature variety: rich chords, moving fast, similar to what I would write for my jazz group.  It has been an interesting LSO week so far. Phillip Glass and Franz Lanting.  I have learned a lot by just going to the rehearsals and seeing where it takes my ear.  I have come out with impressions that I did not expect to have.  Up until this week, I never realised how much I liked the triangle.

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