Danube to the stars : a study in the application of compositional techniques to vernacular media.


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This project is a full-length album of my own composition. Every instrumental track and every vocal track was performed by me, with the exception of the spoken vocals. The texts were composed by two of my old high school friends. My goal in creating this album was to reconcile all of the separate musical worlds in which I work, applying the compositional techniques I have learned from studying concert music. The following paper consists of brief analyses of each of the tracks with embedded notation examples. The full orchestral score to “Space Diamond Deluxe” is provided as a supplement. Audio files for each of the tracks are provided as well.



Composition. Recording. Performance. Instrumental tracks. Vocal tracks.