Music Box - Story
A Music box; In the traditional sense, a small box which plays a tune when the lid is opened. But, can your voice box and mouth not be defined loosely in the same way? How about a computer, is it not a small box which plays music? What about your mind, when it composes music inside your head and then comes out through your fingers and breath?
Hans Zimmer, the author of my Quote and inspiration for this piece, embraces the possibilities all sounds have when placed inside his own music box. He is a film score composer who combines traditional orchestras with electronically generated music. Zimmer wants to alter the process of creating music by making the experience malleable to control the playful nature of the shaping of sound from the beginning.
My own piece echo’s the concept of a music box being a flexible sentiment when creating a soundscape. The piece begins as a book shape, with the concept of a story and a sound that has the possibility to grow into something bigger. The idea slowly unfolds, as side by side you can disentangle the structure so it stands, completed as a music box of four sounds. It reflects how a score is used to unite sounds, Zimmer using everyday melodies to capture a moment of harmonies which we never pick out as individual pieces. This is my music box, my ensemble of sounds.
The Wind sighing against a telegraph wire, the rain lashing against the window pane, the fire crackling at a BBQ and the pebbles chasing over each other at the pull of the sea. These are my moments which combine to make my story; the purpose of Zimmer’s ensembles to communicate his visual stories. This is why the piece begins as a book and is made of paper, each sound has a story of origin and an association attached to it. We can re-arrange and edit these sounds in music boxes to illustrate new stories through association of pitch, tone and tempo. Sounds are powerful story tellers.