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Midnight Garden

from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI by Betsy Tinney

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This month's piece is my response to two prompts: one musical and one visual. The musical prompt was to step outside my comfort zone and start with a drummer from the Rock genre (normally, when using one of Logic's e-drummers, I stick with the gentler Songwriter or Percussion genres). The visual prompt was the Midnight Garden image above, which sat in front of me while I was improvising, in lieu of a chord chart.

For me, that Midnight Garden image would normally inspire a soothing, quiet "garden at night" piece. However, with the drums in my ears and that "step outside your comfort zone" requirement fresh in my mind, I ended up with more of a rock garden. The image's colors and textures and shapes are still represented in the music, which came out much more energetic and edgy than my normal stuff. Once I got past the cognitive dissonance between the image and the drumbeat, I actually had a lot of fun with this piece; I hope you enjoy it too!


from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI, track released February 28, 2022
Cello: Betsy
Drum programming by Betsy (using Logic Pro's e-drummer Kyle)

Cover illustration by Julia Dolzhenko; licensed via Dreamstime.com. Graphic design by Betsy.

Cover image description: a variety of fanciful leaves sprouts from the bottom edge of the image. The background is solid black; the leaves in the foreground glow in luminous shades of teal, purple, green and russet. Behind them are similar leaves rendered as simple outlines. The title, in slender block text, reads, "MIDNIGHT GARDEN: Betsy Tinney, cello".


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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. ... more

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