The Problem with Pedestals – Inspiration vs. Deification 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. A personal essay on the relationship between our heros and their humanity. How artists can use the power they have for good, or not…. Support the Channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/davidbruce Buy Merch! https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/david-bruce-composer Follow me on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/davidbruce Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidbrucecomposer David Bruce Composer Spotify Playlist: https://tinyurl.com/y798swcy My 2nd…

THE RITE OF SPRING : Repetition Legitimizes 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. How come the Rite of Spring is both incredibly popular but also incredibly dissonant? Are those two supposed to be mutually exclusive? In this video I present my own theory – that it’s the unique mixture of dissonance and repetition that makes this such an innovative and influential work. Support the…

How Jonny saved the Ondes Martenot 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. In this video I tell the fascinating story of Jonny Greenwood’s relationship with the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument most famously used in Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. After its creator’s death it was in danger of disappearing, but the spotlight Jonny shone on it have helped completely reverse its fortunes. Support the…

Dissecting Ravel’s Orchestration 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. Maurice Ravel is one of the masters of orchestration, and in this video I look at his ‘Alborada del Gracioso’ which started life as a piano piece, but was then orchestrated by Ravel 15 years later. It gives us a great chance to look at how he goes about turning a…

The Map of Music 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. Have you ever thought about all the different ways people make music, or the reasons they have for doing it? In this video I attempt to map them ALL! All the reasons people make music, the instruments they use and the ways the music is constructed -the rhythms, the pitches and…

10 Years of Composing BLUNDERS 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. I originally called this 20 years of composing blunders because I could say more! But the first 10 years or my composing mistakes were more than enough for one video I felt – perhaps I’ll do a part 2 some time. In any case, this is an honest look at some…

The M.C.Escher of Music? 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. Who is the master of musical illusions? The Music equivalent of M.C.Escher? Escher himself would probably say J.S.Bach but in this video I make the case for Hungarian composer György Ligeti, whose work is full of Musical Illusions. In this video I look at the following musical illusions: 03:36 The Infinite…

The Subtle Art of Modern Pop Production 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. With modern technology, pop producers have incredible control over every aspect of their music. In this video I take a look at some of their processes and approaches, focusing mainly on Ian Kirkpatrick’s hilarious and informative Instagram livestreams and on Finneas, who produces his sister Billie Eilish’s tracks. It might surprise…

The new SOLO PERCUSSION music 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. The last 100 years have seen an explosion in the amount of music written where Percussion is the star of the show – solo pieces for multiple percussion instruments, concertos, duos, quartets and percussion ensembles. In this video I look at the influences that led to this rise in percussion compositions,…

Electronic Music for ORCHESTRA 0 (0)

From David Bruce Composer. What would a piece of electronic music sound like on an orchestra? Or a piece of orchestral music sound like on electronic instruments? I collaborate with Jeremy Blake from the channel Red Means Recording and we swap roles. In this video I take his electronic track ‘Aquamarine’ and create an orchestral…