Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Original Music for the Ghosts of Unfortunate Heiresses Fashion Show

The original music for the Ghosts of Unfortunate Heiresses Fashion Show (this Saturday January 21st at the Edwardian Ball) composed, performed and recorded for the show by Kerri Pidnow and Alex Kelly on cello and piano is mesmerizing, theatrical, intense and melodic... dreamlike with whispers of creaking doors and mournful bird cry, and a perfect companion to the magnificent garments featured in the show.

 Kerri Pidnow. Photo by Kristin Argue

I interviewed sound designer Kerri Pidnow about the project...

What inspired your score for 'Unfortunate Heiresses'?
"The music was created for this show with the adjectives dark, creepy and spooky in mind. I guess I would call it experimental music, though I love the freedom of sound being open and not defined narrowly by standard terms or categories... that said, I love Tom Waits, early Medieval music, The Dresden Dolls... and too many to list!
"How did you and Alex work together?"
"I picked a key and chose pizzicato, and Alex jumped in with piano and we just started playing. It is delightful working with Alex. Even though he is my teacher, when we work together he treats me as an equal. The really challenging thing about designing for a show is that you have to fit a set amount of time and with inflections that are needed for the show".
"How do you make space for music in your life?"
When I am home alone I don't watch T.V.. I listen with all my free time to music...and when I play, when I practice or take lessons, it is like a vacation from the rest of my life. I honestly don't think I could live without it..."
Are you pleased with the 'Unfortunate Heiresses' score?
"I really like it" said Kerri, "it's just weird enough to make me happy"!

Kerri Pidnow has played many instruments, but has happily settled down with the cello. These days she is playing with Big City Orchestra.
Dr. Alex Kelly is a San Francisco based cellist, composer, electronic musician, conductor and teacher. His debut solo album will be out soon.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Original Music for the Ghosts of Unfortunate Heiresses Fashion Show

The original music for the Ghosts of Unfortunate Heiresses Fashion Show (this Saturday January 21st at the Edwardian Ball) composed, performed and recorded for the show by Kerri Pidnow and Alex Kelly on cello and piano is mesmerizing, theatrical, intense and melodic... dreamlike with whispers of creaking doors and mournful bird cry, and a perfect companion to the magnificent garments featured in the show.

 Kerri Pidnow. Photo by Kristin Argue

I interviewed sound designer Kerri Pidnow about the project...

What inspired your score for 'Unfortunate Heiresses'?
"The music was created for this show with the adjectives dark, creepy and spooky in mind. I guess I would call it experimental music, though I love the freedom of sound being open and not defined narrowly by standard terms or categories... that said, I love Tom Waits, early Medieval music, The Dresden Dolls... and too many to list!
"How did you and Alex work together?"
"I picked a key and chose pizzicato, and Alex jumped in with piano and we just started playing. It is delightful working with Alex. Even though he is my teacher, when we work together he treats me as an equal. The really challenging thing about designing for a show is that you have to fit a set amount of time and with inflections that are needed for the show".
"How do you make space for music in your life?"
When I am home alone I don't watch T.V.. I listen with all my free time to music...and when I play, when I practice or take lessons, it is like a vacation from the rest of my life. I honestly don't think I could live without it..."
Are you pleased with the 'Unfortunate Heiresses' score?
"I really like it" said Kerri, "it's just weird enough to make me happy"!

Kerri Pidnow has played many instruments, but has happily settled down with the cello. These days she is playing with Big City Orchestra.
Dr. Alex Kelly is a San Francisco based cellist, composer, electronic musician, conductor and teacher. His debut solo album will be out soon.

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