Remembering the Opus

I’m not a trained classical musician in any way, shape, or form. But in the Spring of 2020, I tried my hand at creating some classical music. I called it my Opus.

Although, I don’t really have much of a clue on how to write traditional classical music, the Opus project was a great creative stretch. No, I didn’t score the music. I built it. For me, creating electronic music of any kind is more construction than it is writing. It’s still a form of composition, and this particular project pushed me both creatively and musically.

An Opus is often composed of 6 or 12 pieces. I chose to create 12.

Rather than avoiding melodic structure as I do with much of my ambient work, I embraced it. Still, there is a minimalist vibe and an ambience that seeps through. Does the music sound electronic and programmed? To the trained listener, yes. But could it be scored and played by an orchestra? Absolutely.

Creatively and musically, this is one of my best pieces of electronic musical works. It’s a shame it’s only received a handful of listens and no purchases at BandCamp. So, I thought I’d throw it out here again to see what happens. I appreciate any support you can give. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.