If you took a bunch of random magazine clippings, created a disorderly stack, topped it with a rotten banana peel, and stapled it all slightly off center, you might get something that sounds like this:
This is just a sound test to see how all of these fragments so far fit together. As you can hear, I have my work cut out for me. Starting right now, I need to focus on motives, melodies, chord progressions, gestures, smarter note generators, etc. You know, the music.
This means putting off the granular synthesizer instrument. Time is of essence, and if I’m going to make a trade off, I’d rather put emphasis on the harmony of Bohlen-Pierce rather than designing another synth. I’m not saying the granular instrument won’t happen, because I’m actually quite confident I’ll have to the time to do it, and do it right. I just don’t want to find myself in a position where I’ve poured hours and hours into all these instruments, and not end up with a decent piece for the concert. It’s very easy to get caught up in all the technical stuff when composing a piece of computer music. Something I’m personally very guilty of.