Zen

Year of composition
2005
Lyricist
Stephen Jannetts
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
17 minutes
Genre
Rock and Pop Music
Instrumentation
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts
Not available

Zen is a progressive/polystylism piece written for a weird variety of instruments. Some players can play more than one instrument, but this is left totally up to the players themselves..

Zen describes a mans sleep in which he realises he is a schizophrenic. Others around him know he is, and he has been told, but this piece is his actual realisation. The piece is progressive, so it doesnt neccasarily link together, and it changes quite a bit. Some people may scorn at this, but I believe if you have good enough reason, then the 'rules of music' can be twisted slightly. And I do have a reason. Also, each part is sectioned off accordingly. A full analysis of these sections and what is happening in them can be given on request..

EDIT (3/2/08): I have added an mp3 file which I created using Reason 3.0. It took me many weeks to create this file, and it is the full 16 minutes of this piece. It sounds more like what I wanted to created than the MIDI, nowhere near perfect because I was still learning Reason, but far better than the mp3. Please listen to the mp3. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the story!

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