From Depths Unknown
This slow, long and sombre composition grew, ironically, fom
a jingle. The Tangentusers 6th contest was a straightforward enough
affair, the rules said compose a jingle, length maybe 2 to 30
So I sat with m trusty notebook PC and Tangent. The only parameter
I set was for two periods only, i.e a short composition. Everything
else was left up to Tangent and I put the program in Elevator
mode, pumping out an endless series of compositions. From time
to time I leapt in and worked on and saved a more interesting
One that did pop up used the Soundtrack voice in the bass in
an interesting way. I increased the length of the piece, first
to 16 periods and then to 64, slowed down the tempo, change the
voicings and their octaves and so on. Then I sat and fiddled with
the parameter editor until I'd got what I wanted.
During its evolution I thought about what the piece reminded
me of. The title had come to me fairly swiftly, but where had
it come from? I realized eventually that it bore some resemblance
to Gavin Bryars' 'Sinking Of The Titanic', which has long been
a favourite of mine.
The long version simply employs longer period times. At this
time of writing I have only listened to half the long version
but I think I prefer it!
Milton Keynes, England