Symphony "Beyond" was created for a poem "Beyond" by Sergey Arkhipenko:
This composition is the first place winner of the "Heat" Contest of Composers Forum by Gav Brown. 3 votes for “Best orchestration,” 1 vote for “Most unusual interpretation of topic,” 1 vote for “Most unique”.
- “this composer knows what he wants to say and how to say it”
- “It was a very tough choice whether to vote for D over E. Ultimately I chose E for second place, and D for third, but this does not mean D deserves only third place; I'd vote both for 2nd place if I could. D has very high-quality production and very detailed orchestrations, with a powerful buildup in the middle destruction section. Production-quality-wise, I'd say D probably deserves 1st place. But judging musicality-wise, I voted for J first, then E, then D”
- “This composition is close to heat idea. Slow development to high temperature”
- "This is kinda like the first part of A composition, but I do like more overall result. I like the way the tension builds. The piece is more tense/tight and I really like dramatic 2nd part. There are probably some instruments that shouldn't be there and are distracting slightly from the main idea, but I like how piece builds and I like that the realization is focusing on main idea instead of falling apart all over the place. Quite good track."
- "Much deserved win for Alexey with his evocative piece" - Michael Lofting.
- "The music and the fire, around 4:00 in the video. Splendid!" - Serenity Laine.
- "I found Alexey's piece moving" - Joseph Harry.
This project was inspired by Gav Brown's proposed contest "Summer is the hot season".
I decided to divide music into three movements and created a following plan:
This piece was created in a collaboration project by composers Alexey Arkhipenko and Mariza Cabral to a painting "The Sun Sets Sail" by painter Rob Gonsalves.
This piece is a part of collaboration project with Ekaterina Zaikina (painting) and Sergey Arkhipenko (poetry). Initially music was created by me, then painting was created by Ekaterina and poetry was created by Sergey - independently using only music.
The piece is abstract, using subject and countersubjects with alterations at their endings.
This piece is a part of collaboration project with Ekaterina Zaikina (painting) and Sergey Arkhipenko (poetry). Initially painting was created by Ekaterina, then music was written by me and poetry was created by Sergey - independently using only painting. Later poetry was synchronized with music.
When writing this piece I was looking at differents parts of the painting and intuitively created music without sketches, sometimes using my recorder.
This music is a part of a collaboration project with Ekaterina Zaikina (painting) and Sergey Arkhipenko (poetry). Initially poetry was created by Sergey, then music was written by me and painting was created by Ekaterina - independently using only poetry.
To create this piece I divided a poem into 4 parts and created a scheme, representing atmosphere and feeling of each part, as well as some music ideas in graphical form. There was no graphical representation of Associations section until I finished the piece (only question mark).
I also produced a version where Sergey's poetry, my music and my videos are combined (see above).
I often write program pieces, but this one is abstract. So I gave an abstract name to it first, later adding a program name "Anaerobic".
Big thanks to Irina Kazanskaya for playing piano part for this recording. I am very glad that we had a chance to work together and I understood how a musician perceives this piece. We discussed the piece several times and I recomposed several sections, which sounded strange and were more difficult to perform. This was a beautiful experimental feeling.
I recorded several videos for this track in Moscow using Canon EOS 750D + EF 200mm f/2.8
When writing this piece I first drew a plan on a whiteboard, you can see it below. Then I added two voice sketches using my smartphone audio recorder.
This piece consists of three parts, each approximately 3 minutes long. It is a program track, as I first created the idea (plan below) and then wrote music. First part (climbing up the volcano) creates an increasing tension by crescendo, speeding up tempo and transition from legato to staccato.
I created multiple videos for this track, including a painting by Lida Naumidis specially for this piece, sketch of this painting and a collection of photos.
In this piece I use new approach to harmonic structure: first decide the movement of one voice (choosing first note of a chord), then select a chord that includes this note, then find other voices for chord using voice leading. I tend to choose chords, that are not dominants or subdominants of surrounding chords and are far from surrounding chords in terms of circle of fifths. This leads to a constantly developing harmony without standard resolutions.
In this track, like in others this year I am moving from the concept of simple repetitions, that I often used in the previous tracks. Now if I reuse any material, I modify it, making the whole piece not only a meditative pleasure full of repeats, but also more rich in information, when listening to every minute brings something new.