Acts & Intermissions

A C T S     &     I N T E R M I S S I O N S

Mermaids

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1994

Composed by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, Encore notation software playing a string patch on Korg 01W/ProX

Mermaids


Obviously inspired by Eric Satie, I originally composed this on the Steinway, but could not get a suitable acoustic piano recording done in time for my self imposed deadline of Christmas 1994, so a midi score driven version was included instead. I was never 100% satisfied with this rendition, I have heard this composition sound better on the piano, but at least there is this recording. One day perhaps I will re-learn this one, and present the piano version as originally intended.

Art Deco's Lost & Found

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1994

An Improvisation, performed on the Korg 01W/ProX.

Art Deco's Lost & Found


I can remember trying a take of this, as yet unstructured "Intermission", each morning before heading into work. I was very well dressed for this, might have had a sports jacket on on my studio, car keys and brief case sitting next to the keyboard. Yes, a rushed release schedule. I was rather proud of the solo section at around 2:00 mark, never played it like that before or since.

The Choice

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1994

Suite for Piano & Orchestra

The Choice


Having dabbled with smaller orchestral works, using the Encore notation editor to drive the Orchestral Card on my Korg 01W ProX, I thought I would push the envelop to see how far one could reach; with mixed results, I think. I am playing some parts of the piece manually, all of the solo piano, trying to sync up with the midi driven score. A concerto for piano and computer, basically, produced under a deadline. Some of the themes go back to early recording experiments I did in my mothers guest house, some are original, and from 3:22 through 4:55 - I am actually playing sections of Philo Cramer's composition from High School, which he called "Death's Choice" (written for our glam rock band - pre Cigarettes - called "Lonny Carlysle and the Vampyre Smashers"). Bookended by a rather dark fugue, I do stand behind this piece, some 20 plus years later, and I am certain that a revised performance would expose the emotional content hiding within these primitive samples and midi-fied sequences.

Nothing Left To Say

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1994

Performed by John Clancy , Korg 01W Pro/X Piano patch.

Nothing Left To Say


The final "Intermission", placed as more of an epilogue to the preceeding piece.

Moonbeams

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1994

Performed by John Clancy , Korg 01W Pro/X Piano & String patch.

Moonbeams


An homage to compositions from the 1940's, my mother's time...at least what I hear from those older songs. Written while living in my mother's guest house, I once had a very early 4 track recording of this one, using synthesizers and the mellotron. Placement as last track, I was sort of thinking of the Beatle's White Album, and the sentimental song Good Night, performed by Ringo, also positioned last. Without delusions of granduer, I might have given up composing long ago - Peace, J Clancy, 2015.