I have a week to finish (or start) my final piece for my class. I think I'm leaning toward a simple percussion ensemble piece featuring piano; however, I think I'm going to feature piano as the groove - not the melody and harmony. I want to use it in the "ugliest" way possible - smashing keys to create rhythm without thinking about chords or analysis.
I think that musicians take notes too seriously - that because we all are formally trained with so much music theory that we forget that there are other parts of music that we don't talk about. Like emotion. I think that I want to use rhythm as a primary focus to create emotions and feelings.
-- Flashback --
In high school, my choir director and theory teacher always stressed the ten elements of music: notes, rhythm, articulation, tone, emotion-slash-feel, space, technique, dynamics, phrasing, and listening.
He always defined everything in words we (high school students) could understand. He would relate them to things we understood so that we could integrate them into all parts of our lives - music or otherwise.
Here is his definition for emotion/feel:
emotion/feel: the musician's production / the audience's perception
Emotion is what we, the musicians, put into our pieces - heart, soul, whatever we want our audience to achieve. Feel is what the audience perceives us trying to portray. Their reaction.
He always measured how well we were emoting and feeling based on how well he was reacting to our performance. It's really cool.
-- Present Moment --
If I can successfully emote and make the audience feel solely using percussion, I will be one happy lady. I always underuse rhythm and this will definitely help me.
On a side note, I still have to practice.