What Music Needs

What Music Needs

In this blog I want to explore the creation of music of all kinds, from a personal perspective as a composer and piano student. Unlike most of the tutors and experts posting material, I am not coming from a position of knowledge and skill, but struggling to put together what I have learnt and what I know into meaningful music. I don’t embrace any particular genre or style of music; I just want to achieve a broad understanding of how it works. You can find other tracks I have written by searching the music platform of your choice for ’Jon Jermey’ (early works and easy listening), ’One-Five-One East’ (Neoclassical) and ’Thirty-Four South’ (Ambient and experimental tracks). I am removing some very early material from these platforms and will add it here as time permits.

Episodes

December 4, 2022 2 min

A bit of fun with a harp and a vibraphone.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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Irene was Johnson's one attempt at a stage play, and it was a commercial success, but the author regarded it with disfavour, and posterity has generally agreed with him. 

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December 2, 2022 2 min

A little tune using Vital. Written in Berlin after a frustrating couple of days working on tracks that the laptop just doesn't have the grunt to render.

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December 1, 2022 5 min

Hodge was Johnson's beloved cat, and some fiend was running around London shooting cats at the time; this was the great man's meditative response.

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November 30, 2022 3 min

Another piece from Berlin -- MIDI drum loops, some Podolski synth lines, and LoopCloud vocals.

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November 29, 2022 5 min

Johnson had a stroke late in life and found himself incapable of verbal expression for a few days. He described his sensations to Boswell who recorded them faithfully, giving us probably the first accurate description of stroke-related aphasia.

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November 28, 2022 2 min

Four Five Six Seven -- basically a training exercise using Scaler 2, supplemented by some percussion, to ring the changes on a seven-part chord sequence.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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November 27, 2022 3 min

From the Sam Johnson album, referring to a trip to Scotland made by Johnson and Boswell. An excellent opportunity for the great Sam to get off some zingers about the Scots.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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November 26, 2022 3 min

Composed in a hotel room in Dubai. Four alternating layers of Izotope BreakTweaker provide the percussion, and a piano and the Scandiclavia organ provide varying sets of chords, backed up by a bass synth and Classic.gtr.

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November 25, 2022 3 min

Just three main instruments on this one, hence the title. The Yangqin gets another outing, along with a more conventional guitar.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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November 24, 2022 4 min

The clue is in the title. Playing with some new toys here -- the 60s Piano, Scaler 2, Gorilla Bass -- and some old ones like the Bitwig Organ, Izotope Iris and Helm.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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November 23, 2022 3 min

A quote from Iago this time; the inexplicably motivated villain in Othello. A little bit of film dialogue and some plucky synthesiser, with a nice bell-like overtone. And what seems to be an accordion. I quite like this one...

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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November 22, 2022 3 min

Really just a pretty Instacomposer frame to set off Polarity's new funky drone, which handles the percussion and various other beeps and boops while Xpand, Vacuum Pro, and Funky Bass do various randomly modulated things in the background. And there's an e-tom in there too, somewhere.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four S...

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November 21, 2022 9 min

A long slow ambient track, of the kind that I have got out of the habit of more recently, with a slightly plodding bass, but a nice synth on top.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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November 20, 2022 3 min

It's been a while since I took Nettle for an outing; but it shows its versatility here with two arpeggiated tracks that both modulate in a variety of ways. Two slightly staggered drum tracks from Sydrums and Breakdance, plus a selection of ambient loops from Bandcamp, complete the process. Ludicrously simple, but I like it.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for ...

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November 19, 2022 3 min

Heavily percussive track attempts to evoke bloody battles in a Scots woodland. Not sure where the odd synth came from, but Autogun is a possibility.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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Scaler 2 is very good at composing and elaborating on chord sequences. Instacomposer is very good at taking chord sequences and producing riffs, ostenatos and bass lines from them. What if you were to combine the two? Well, this is what happens. Instruments provided by Phase-4, Free Piano, DSK Brass, French violin, and cellos.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for '...

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November 17, 2022 2 min

Another title taken from Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream: "I have a reasonable good ear in music: let us have the tongs and the bones." Some old-fashioned woodwinds and drums, with a decidedly modern xylophone and vibes.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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Lots of contributions from Orb on this one, including a melody and an arpeggio. Vital plays a few parts, and I dusted off The Riser for the transitions. Even Polysynth is in there somewhere. The constantly shifting drum track is from swapping instances of Izotope BreakTweaker in and out while they play randomly selected sequences.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for ...

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November 15, 2022 6 min

Another reference to the Tempest. A longer synthesiser track that builds suspense. I have a feeling that Riser is doing the transitions.

You can find more of my music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other sites by searching for 'Jon Jermey', 'Thirty-Four South' or 'One-Five-One East'.

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