I like the architecture of songs, and the way that the same song can soundtrack different visions. My song 'Sawmill' is one I built using samples from ccMixter.org. The samples used go a bit like this:
"Sawmill" by Gurdonark
"Drums1" by eggodeus
"Little Bit" by Raymond Martin
"Percussion on LSD" by MrDumBass
CC0 (CC Zero)
"011009 drums 04" by Morusque
with better links set out here.
This all translates to mean that I put samples in my sequencer, and built a new song structure from the sounds above.
In a Creative Commons world, people then can take this song to new places, and yet still build structures sawmills would appreciate.
I wrote the songs about the sawmills of my youth. I never worked in a sawmill, but I
grew up in a sawmill town and my grandfather bought cross-ties for the railroad from little rural sawmills to which he would travel from town to town.
Yet "Sawmill"'s use in video has had a non-sawmill orientation:
In "Eine Film", Abby Brandon uses it for a mini-documentary about graffiti artist Ben Eine:
In "Dome in Peka Peka", video-maker Gaby Lingke presents a documentary about Fritz Eisenhofer, who designed and built an earth dome in Peka Peka, Aotearoa / New Zealand.
In "Ollie", video maker Pritika Nilaratna uses "Sawmill" as the soundtrack for a feature about an ambient robot blimp:
As I view each film, none are about the south Arkansas boyhood to which my song originally refers. But each is about building something new. What I love about instrumental music is that it is a canvass for daydreams--one paints one's own.
- ▼ April (2)
Gurdonark releases to hear and download:
- 1. Gurdonark's EP "Tallgrass Canticle" at Negative Sound Institute
- 2. Gurdonark's EP: "Seven Virtues"
- 3. Over 100 Creative Commons Gurdonark songs at ccmixter.org
- 4. Gurdonark's piece: "A Texas Christmas Holiday with Zikweb Travel" at Negative Sound Institute
- 5. Gurdonark's piece "Long Defeat: Variation 4" at C. Reider's Vuzhmusic.com
- 6. Gurdonark music at Last.fm
- 7. Gurdonark's Piece "Ninth Can-Jo Meditation" at Webbed Hand Records
- Gurdonark's 2011 EP: "Weights and Measures"