The process for this song was a bit different than usually. The main idea came to me as a whole with visuals for an abstract video.
When I sat down to record the idea, the specific notes weren’t very clear in my mind, but I could record the overall arc and rhythm. I made a quick sketch for the music of the first half of the piece and video right after (using my nonexistent video skills with the nonexistent tools), all in one morning.
Only then I started thinking, what I would do with the Stick.
The Stick part that comes after the intro consists of 5 over 4, which makes every other repetition land on the up-beat. There are some low accent notes that come every 4th time. What also makes this section special, is the hand switch in the middle.
The other sections and refining was a more laborious process that took place during the next months and was also interrupted with the Corona action.
Here are some two handed chords the Stick is good at.
The main aim of the piece was to use polyrhythms. I first got the itch to do it in a minimal form, while listening to the The Dawn of MIDI “Dysnomia” album. But one thing led to another and I was again veering towards more elaborate.
The polyrhythmic interplay between drums and and other instruments starts right after the piano intro. The kick has 5, sidestick 6 and hi-hat 3. Bass follows the kick, piano plays in sync with the hi-hat, but only every other note.
The piano intro melody consists of long even notes. It starts with chromatic ascending core and expands it going by semitone in both directions.
Later the Stick joins the piano melody in unison while keeping the 3 percussively in bass.
In the “chorus” section Stick has 4 in the bass and 3 in melody the first half and the other way around in the second half.
Here is the middle of the chorus that shows both patterns.