Track name: Soundfrieze
(Architecture) A decorative horizontal band.
(Mathematics) A frieze group is a mathematical concept to classify designs on two-dimensional surfaces which are repetitive in one direction, based on the symmetries in the pattern.
(The tune is in the player on the left)
I mostly took inspiration from the visual idea of a frieze (architecture). As you can see on the score, the first motif/shape is developed using geometrical/graphic processes.
Using mathematics in a composition can be a good way to hide yourself behind something logical, "irrefutable". But the general audience don't want to hear about numbers, they (rightly) want emotions. I often use numbers/geometry/symmetry in my compositions, because I believe these things have some kind of "magical" power. Needless to say, my ear always has the final word - if it doesn't sound good to me, I change it. I believe it's possible to make numbers sound beautiful!
The score is extremely minimal, incomplete. As it is, it's not a piece of music. The drum parts, the drum feel, give it a sense. I never write drum parts, I prefer to sing them to the drummer. As I wrote earlier, the drums are always an integral part of my compositions - when I compose, I hear them in my head. This might be the "drummer in me", as I wanted to play that instrument as a teenager; but my elder brother was already a drummer, so I picked the bass...!
Hats off to Matt - the precision of his playing is beyond words!
We recorded the bass and drums first, splitting the tune in four parts. Then we added the Rhodes and piano.
This is the only track I played with a pick.
Here's a short video shot during the mix: