If writer’s block was a song…

…it would become annoying…really quickly. I would probably orchestrate it for a full symphony orchestra to emphasize the enormity of sound. The structure of the piece would be ternary form with contrasting A and B sections. The tempo of the A section would be presto and the overall mood would be frantic. The song would have a sense of constant movement, though the movement would quickly switch between different voices in the higher register. Bass instruments would hold the subtle melody for the majority of this section. Before the B section, the tempo would ritard to a ii-V-I cadence which would create a sense of completion. To modulate to the relative major in the B section, the tonic and fifth would hold through from the cadence as a double pedal tone while a solo clarinet established the new, minor melody. Then the bass would change chords under the light melody above.  The texture would be polyphonic with two clarinets and two flutes each playing individual melodies, contrasting with the heterophony in section A. The dynamics of this section would begin at subtle pianissimo and slowly crescendo as each voice joined in until it swelled around a fortissimo. The change in dynamics would be similar in the supporting chords. Then, there would be a sudden drop down to mezzo-forte. From there, the dynamics would slowly decrescendo with voices dropping out one by one until all that is left is octaves on the tonic and the solo clarinet. These would fade out as well. A slight, dramatic breath, and the ensemble would return to section A. This section would be identical to the first statement of section A, ending with the same strong ii-V-I cadence. Section A is meant to capture the mental and emotional panic of struggling to create . Section B contrasts as it reflects the sense of completion and contentment that comes with effectively creating a piece of art. Then, section A returns to the idea of quickly moving on and trying to create another piece of art.

{Writer’s block is not the lack of something to express, but a lack of words with which to express the inexpressible}


If college apps were a song…

…it’d be one scary song I assure you. It would probably be a good soundtrack for a horror movie too. Fast, chaotic, never-ending, repetitive, annoying, painful. It would be written for a wind and brass ensemble. The trumpets would use mutes heavily to create the thin, sharp tone. Overall, I auralize it as being almost a series of dissonant chords with no relief until the very end where it resolves to a major chord in a high register, similar to a picardy third. The chord progression, if you could call it one, would be repetitious so the same dissonance would eventually become somewhat orderly in that it is the same dissonance as before. There would be no key signature since the chords would have many accidentals and involve odd intervals such as tritones, major 7ths, augmented 6ths, etc. The piece would have straight chords at first. As the main theme developed, it would be seen in broken chords in the bass, overlapping with staccato soprano voices. At one point in the development, the chord progression would be used as a sort of canon, call-and-response, or imitation. The same basic chord progression would be carried by different voices, staggering the progression. The main point of the piece would be to create and imitate the emotions felt by those having to complete applications, specifically college applications. Those emotions would include anger, pain, irritation, tension, expectancy, and unrest. The idea of formulaic applications is largely a modern, western idea, thus their musical form would certainly fall into the category of 21st century, Western music.

{As you may have guessed, I have been in the process of filling out applications and I find them painful. I thought the emotions my peers and I faced was one many can relate to, thus, this idea of turning objects, such as college applications, into music was born.}