Crest is a music and video collaboration between Adriano Capizzi a.k.a. Metunar and me. We decided that a good starting point might be to take something old and unfinished that seemed like it had potential, but was just sort of stuck.

I dug out something I had started 20 years ago (the first few seconds of the piece) and we started adding on a little every time we sent files back and forth. Using Dropbox and Ableton Live Lite, we each used our preferred methods of music writing to add to or change the other’s ideas. Being across the world from one another, if each of us worked on it a little each day, we could both get up in the morning to find more music added to the project. Communication was done almost entirely through Dropbox Paper, which was much easier than checking emails. It was also nice to use a system integrated with the files themselves.

I used Sibelius to score what I wrote, which made it that much easier to share with Joshua Weinberg (flute) and Tyler Neidermayer (bass clarinet) of Apply Triangle when they graciously agreed to donate their time to playing on this project.

I constructed a single marimba key to play the repeated A♭. It was probably excessive, but now I know why marimbas are so incredibly expensive.

When the music was done, I wanted to make a video in the style of Metunar’s previous videos. He suggested that instead of doing a whole new collaboration on the video, we share the videos and images we had to each create our own. My two older kids helped with making the videos, which were shot in the middle of a field in Knoxville, on a camping trip in Cades Cove, and on a leisurely drive through Gatlinburg. I used Magic to create my visuals and an ancient copy of Premiere for the editing.

We decided from the beginning that the music would be freely available, so you can add it to your playlist from Spotify and YT Music.

The name Crest comes from the double meaning of the word: an escutcheon and a mountaintop, which I think comes through nicely in the music and the videos.

legend two

legend two music

legend two notes

legend two is orchestrated for the following 18 instruments:

  1. recorder
  2. flute
  3. oboe
  4. bassoon
  5. clarinet
  6. horn
  7. guitar (nylon strings)
  8. harp
  9. harpsichord
  10. piano
  11. hammond organ
  12. xylophone
  13. vibraphone
  14. marimba
  15. tubular bells
  16. taiko drum (or any low, pitched drum)
  17. timpani
  18. contrabass

01-04, 08-13,15-16, 19-20 are connected, with no pause in between movements.

legend one

Musical accompaniment is now written for many visual formats. Most of these formats (opera, movies, video games) tell a story; the music serves as a backdrop for the story.

The aim of the legend musical form (legend in the story-telling sense) is to re-invent this process: if music can be written as a supplementary element of an audio-visual story, why couldn’t the music be written first, leaving the story up to many possibilities?

Legend One, titled ‘July,’ is the first of hopefully several implementations of this form. It is a large work for chamber orchestra (instruments shown in as tags on this page) in 26 movements and is about an hour and fifteen minutes long. It is what I think of as post-minimalist, with each movement featuring only a few instruments.

The image is an illustration of the form of the piece in terms of theme.

the seven-sided box

seven-sided box music

the seven-sided box

the poem (or whatever a non-writer like me is allowed to call a bunch of words such as this) was written in 1999 in response to heavy rainfall in bright sunlight. the music was written between 1999-2002. each movements is a side of the box.

the seven-sided box text

	the sun was shining
	but there were clouds
	it came down
	and he came down
	I said, 'hey, man, what am I supposed to do with this seven-sided box?'
	I didn't notice what I was saying at first
	so he didn't really tell me
	or maybe I didn't understand
	he wasn't a man, though
	but he didn't really tell me
	so I'm not really sure what the deal is with the seven-sided box
	he said I could use it with friends
	he said if I listened
	he said this is the seven-sided box
'well, I can see that'
	the clouds passed
	and he said you got any friends?
	I just wanted to know what it did
'what's it for?'
	so I said I know people
	but he said, come on, everybody's got friends
'my, what big eyes you have'
	that's not the way it works though
	clouds and sunlight
	not everybody
	he said you must be a friend to somebody
	I just wanted to know
	I tried to listen
	when it came down, sounds could be heard
	some things were clear
	but what was the deal with the seven-sided box?
	there's always a side you can't see, isn't there?
	what is it for?
	huge eyes, I tell you
	he said he had all day
'of course I got friends'
	that's a strange number of sides for a box to have
	he wasn't from around here
	I got a few friends, anyway
	he said he was
'you'll be here for quite a while, won't you?'
	I gotta go get my friends
	he said there's always a side you can't see
	no, but really, I have good friends
	they listen
	not as sunny, but lighter
	and that's not really the way it works, but I think he knew that
	he said here, learn the seven-sided box
	not a man
	he said I could already hear it
	the seven-sided box
'what is it for?'
	listen with your friends
	more light
	listen to your friends
	more light
	it's harder to make a decision when you can't see every side, but I doubt that was the point
	listen lighter
	everybody knows people
	he said you already kind of listen
	the important part really is wanting to listen
	out of the sky, he didn't just walk up to me
	or through the sky
	or from the sky
	the guy was tall

the seven-sided box recording info

this piece was scored with sibelius and rendered using gpo.