Month: June 2015

Freedom in Art

That I drop down into this formless, dull space, that I actually stand on my own two feet — for here, in composition, I have absolutely no qualms, no questions, about what occurs in the end.  There is no thought to please, no external pressure of any kind.  Here is the only place I can go where I am free from the anxieties and weaknesses of relying, or expecting anything; the fullness of my own greater Self is all.  To stay within this realm of creative work and thought is the only necessity and any irritations arise from not doing so.

WMCB radio interview

Host Jackie Rose says this:  “It took a lot of courage for Laura to put this music out there.  I know it’s taken courage for me to even play it.”

Beginning with a music sample from “Aberfan”, here is a short portion of my recent radio interview with Jackie for “Northern Star Radio”, WMCB, Greenfield.

If you’d like to hear the full interview: 

 

“Landslides in Art” Part 22

11_05-Aberfan_Tip_Disaster_5 AGU Blogosphere

Dave Petley has included a beautifully written post about Aberfan in his series “Landslides in Art” on AGU Blogosphere, The Landslide Blog.

I first wrote to Dave in May 2013 after reading his post, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, which was so helpful in picturing and understanding how this catastrophy occurred, what led up to it and what followed, all vital to the composition.

Dave Petley is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

Please donate to help make the recording of Aberfan possible:  www.tinyurl.com/FundAberfan

 

“Aberfan” (Rain Sequence, excerpt)

“This area of South Wales has a wet climate and the hillsides are marked by lines of springs.” (AGU Blogosphere)

Therefore, Aberfan begins with the Rain Sequence.  Here is a short demo sample of 7 pianos, all being played at once.  My workspace is in the attic and the idea to layer pianos originated as I listened to the rain on our metal roof so close above me.

To make sure that Aberfan can be recorded, please donate at www.tinyurl.com/FundAberfan.

Thoughts on Composing “Aberfan”

“Art that is simply willed is not art.” (Thomas Merton)

Several concepts were embedded in the process of composing Aberfan.  These became emotional and compositional imperatives, apparent only as I went along.  Chaos, the spiraling of events, silence after trauma, the absolute necessity that what wrenches, what pulls at the heart and hurts, be contained in the tension between how things are and how things have been.

So that Aberfan can be recorded, please donate at www.tinyurl.com/FundAberfan.