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Works in Progress Vol. 4

by Al Swainger's Pointless Beauty

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A slight change of pace this month. A single composition with several takes. I often start with an outline based around melodic or chordal fragements then fill in additional elements by improvising with it. A fair amount of this one is now fixed but structures might change and there are several areas where a melody has yet to emerge consistantly.

I've included a photo of the chart as it currently exists in written form. Pretty loose with other chord movements that I like but didn't fit etc I tend to write them down to remind me later. One of the sections I moved around a bit but haven't yet written down. It's all pretty loose at this stage!

Recorded on one ambient mic in my music room. The sound quality is really basic but I just wanted to get something recorded for my subscribers to see where I'm at with this one and a bit more insight into my process.

Recording like this also yielded a load of weird noises that I liked - stool creaks, pedal noise, throat clearing etc. Couldn't resist looping them up and feeding them through a load of fx processes to make a soundscape. So there's two mixes of that this month as well.

The title 'We're Only Haunted...' comes from a very short poem by Bridgett Devoue :

We're only haunted
by the things
we refuse
to accept


released July 5, 2023

Al Swainger - Piano & Soundscape


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Al Swainger Bristol, UK

Cinematic Fusion for the Emotionally Curious


Rich and eclectic atmospheres to help you daydream and stimulate your emotions.

Pointless Beauty is the contemporary project of bassist, digital artist, composer, producer Al Swainger.

Blending a wide range of influences improvised music, this is a very personal take on what jazz or progressive music could be.
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