Category Archives: Composition

Where’s My Jetpack? by John Parker

Where’s My Jetpack? by John Parker

– for 4-8 percussionists

– Downloadable PDF – Score, Parts & Audio

available here:

 

Watch the video here:

 

Info about the piece:

This piece was written during 2017 for the Marist College Ashgrove Percussion Ensemble 2. It was composed to “rock out” like John’s other tom pieces, but for a beginner to intermediate skill level group. It is scored for eight players on eight drums of ascending pitch. Feel free however to use any drums (or junk) you have lying around to make up the instrumentation.

“Where’s My Jetpack?” is composed of simple themes and variations. This is noted in the score and parts and hopefully gives the performers some context for what is happening compositionally in the music.

The parts are deliberately divided up into two players per stave so that the players can see how their part fits in with their nearest neighbour. For instance, in the top stave, Player 1 plays material with stems up and Player 2 plays material with stems down.

Separate parts (one player per stave) are also supplied if your players prefer this layout.

In addition to playing on the drum in the regular fashion, there are also “stick clicks” (unsurprisingly, two sticks clicking together) and “rims” where performers (you guessed it) play on the rim of the drum. Again this aspect of the composition can be substituted for a high pitched sound like a closed high hat or similar.

The piece is written for eight performers, however a group of intermediate to advanced level performers may wish to play the piece as a quartet with each player taking the stems up and down parts on each of the four staves.

Instrumentation:

Player 1 – Highest pitch drum
Player 2 – Not the highest pitch drum
Player 3 – Less high pitched drum than player 2 (but not as low pitched as player 4) Player 4 – I think you’re getting the idea…
Player 5 – Yep totally got it….
Player 6 – Less low pitched drum than player 7 (but not as high pitched as player 5) Player 7 – Not the lowest pitch drum
Player 8 – Lowest pitch drum

 

– Downloadable PDF – Score, Parts & Audio

available here:

 

 

Have a listen to the audio here:

 

Oxford Parker – Welcome to Brisneyland

16 years ago I put out this CD, and by “put out” I mean hundreds of them have gone nowhere except on moves from house to house. My music never really fit the mould and now boxes of CDs are sitting in around literally “fit for mould”. But “Hey!” you say. “What about that digital stuff you can do with internets?”. “Upload it for the world to hear?” I presumably might say in return. “But it’s not perfect”. INSERT HERE A FAMOUS QUOTE ABOUT PERFECTIONISM…
Well I’m proud of this “record”. I had a great time making it, but be forewarned, some of it’s hard listening. Kind of like a face only a mother could love, this mishmash of electro-acoustic works is more like the CD only a father could say he loves, whilst driving out to the forest in the middle of the night for an impromptu game of “find your way home”…

I’m going to sporadically put info about each track up on my WEBLOG infrequently and from tautological time to time.

Hope you enjoy

https://oxfordparker.bandcamp.com/al…/welcome-to-brisneyland

Trichotomy with Expressions Dance Company

We’ve been rehearsing hard with Expressions Dance Company.  To be more precise the band has been sitting around playing music whilst the AMAZING dancers get all puffed performing incredible displays of strength and grace. This is going to be a fantastic show!

PLAYHOUSE, QPAC

Friday 19 May, 7.30pm
Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm
Tuesday 23 May, 6.30pm (Q&A Forum)
Wednesday 24 May, 11.30am (Q&A Forum)
Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm
Friday 26 May, 7.30pm
Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm