Plighting my TROTH

Another serious session of work on The Rhythm Of The Heat. We did some great warm ups, very rapid and excited and included some vocal call and answer and ‘shout throwing’.

We walked through the overview text that calls out instrument changes over the lyrics.  Then we listened to the piece. Then we listened and sang along. After that we tried playing the complex instrumental part at the end where the beat changes from four to a bar to three to a bar (if as a non-musician I am understanding what a bar is :).

We came to realize how difficult it is to explain six-nine beat patterns instead of four-eight. What I thought was straightforward (having thought about it so much lately) turned out to be harder to actually DO even though we have practiced them a bit . But that made me come up with the following chart of kuchi-shoka arranged over a strict time grid. Conventions: capitalization indicates volume no-caps = soft, Init-caps = Medium, ALL-CAPS = LOUD. Bold text is also used to indicate emphasis on the three main beats of the measure (also highlighted with background colouring).
troth-part-2-rhythms

The Okedo/Shime is only an approximation. Essentially it is improvised but that is how the beginning sounds to me.

Taking the above patterns and the sequence I wrote up in the overview gives the following two charts as the Chu and Okedo/Shime parts. I hope the odaiko, gong and shaker parts are clear – they are a relentless driving ji-uchi.

troth-part-2-chu

Okedo

troth-part-2-okedo

I really need Patrick and Robert to help out with some interesting variations for the okedo.

The Rhythm of the Heat – Overview

Intro: Ji on Moku-gyo, shime cricket triplets, Kiai, ALL-beat/Gong, Gong-gong

Verse, Looking out the window, I see the red dust clear

Okedo starts 2& 4&

O/Gong: High up on the red rock, stands the shadow with the spear

Rising voice tones and counter, no O or gong until end Gong and echo

Odaiko starts regular ko-Don

Verse: The land here is strong, strong beneath my feet,

go-Gong, go-Gong

it feeds on the blood, it feeds on the heat

Gong starts regular Gong, go-Gong

Verse rising intensity:The rhythm is below me

The rhythm of the heat

The rhythm is around me

The rhythm has control

The rhythm is inside me

The rhythm has my soul

CHU starts: cha ko-Don

Voice or chu rhythm “The rhythm of the heat” repeats until “open to the sun”

Fue/Voice A-ha A-ha, a-ha-ha-ha

Drawn across the plain land

To the place that is higher

Drawn into the circle

That dances ’round the fire

We spit into our hands

And breath across the palms

Raising them up high

Held open to the sun

(Repeat)

Okedo 2& 4& stops

Ji-uchi decrescendos out

Odaiko becomes padded heartbeat

Self-concious, uncertain

I’m showered with the dust

The spirit enters into me

And I

Submit

To trust

Smash the radio

No outside voices here

Smash the watch

Cannot tear the day to shreds

Smash the camera

Cannot steal away the spirits

The rhythm is around me

The rhythm has control

The rhythm is inside me

The rhythm has my soul (drawn out)

Switch tempo, Gong and Odaiko steady and loud, shakerei crescendoes in

2x Plain 2-beat

2x Plain 2-beat

2x Fuchi syncopated triplets

2x Shime/okedo improv

2x Shime/okedo improv

2x Chu driving triplets

2x Fuchi syncopated triplets

2x Plain 2-beat

2x Shime/okedo improv

2x Shime/okedo improv

2x Chu driving triplets

2x Fuchi syncopated triplets

2x Shime/okedo improv

2x Shime/okedo improv

2x Plain 2-beat

2x EVERYTHING

2x Chu driving triplets

END

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