Completed, finished and done


The score to Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas is ready for the rehearsal and performance stage of the composition process. 

Finalised? not quite.  There will be proof-reading to do to make sure I have been consistent throughout and the preparation of individual instrumental parts will take a few months but all the musical notes, phrases, dynamics, techniques and ideas are ordered in the way I envisaged.

The next step is to rehearse with the instrumentalists followed by recording each section with a view to making the music available online for anyone to organise.  Others may want to put the work together in a different manner and I am happy with this principle, modular music making with the 37 different sections that have been created has been part of the concept from the initial development of the composition. 

The recording is already being arranged but will need some funding and I am working on ideas for this.  The requirements for the performance are: a studio/performance space, drum kit soloist, seven supporting percussionists, two conductors and a large van full of percussion instruments.  The ideal order for the day would be morning and afternoon recordings with a full performance to an audience in the evening, the when, how and where will all be revealed in a later blog. 

Arriving at this point, completing the score, has taken over twelve months and the questioning, deliberating and sometimes doubting is now over.  The new challenge of making it all happen is an exciting way to start 2014.  

Wish me luck with my project and I hope your plans for the New Year come to fruition as well. 

© P.R.Birkby 2013


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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