Sketchtober

by Patrick McMinn

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1 short piece a day for the month of October 2015

from 11/1/2015:

For the past month, I’ve been posting one short musical sketch a day. I called it sketchtober, riffing on the drawlloween hashtag that proliferated across social media.
This is all of them, collected in one place. Some had really interesting elements, things that I hope to develop beyond their initial spark of an idea into actual pieces, and some were failures, either ideas that barely held my attention even as I worked on them, or sketches that collapsed in on themselves when all the pieces were put together. Most were somewhere in between.
I set out with the intention of learning to trust my intuition and working quickly and decisively, things I know I accomplished over the course of the month. What I didn’t anticipate was that trusting my intuition, more often than not, meant falling back on old patterns and habits a majority of the time, whether it was key centers and melodic gestures, synthesizer routings and effects, or even my physical location and posture while I worked. That said, there were a few genuine discoveries while working on this project, ideas and manners of creation that seemed to emerge without forethought or intention that will continue to inform my music for a long time to come, and things that I doubt I would have discovered were I not to have taken this on.
I’m looking forward to working on a larger scale.
‪#‎sketchtober‬

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released November 1, 2015

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