This week, the composers write odes to their favorite foods. Explore an interesting round of pieces based on a prompt chosen by writer Austina Xu.
By: Atri Banerjee
“Watermelon” is inspired by, you guessed it, watermelon. The piece is relaxed and calming. For the melody, I experimented with rhythms that stress the weak beats. For the percussive element, I used the clapping sound and the stamping sound from musescore. The stamping sound holds the piece together because it comes in on the strong beats, and the clapping sound mixes with the rhythm of the melody since it hits the weak beats.
Bread is a tumultuous journey from the yeast's perspective. It starts as an indefinite inactive state, but quickly grows when heated and inserted in dough. However, yeast creates ethanol, and eventually would kill itself given the time. Luckily, the baker instantly kills the yeast with high temperatures in an oven. I imagined bread's rising as a yeast revolution and its baking as an instant fall.
Rise of the Bread
By: Richard Zhang
im lovin' it
By: Ava Arasan
"I'm Lovin' It" is a piece inspired by my favorite fast food meal: McDonald's Number Nine Meal. The song consists of two separate parts, the first calm and relaxing, representing the joy in the anticipation of the number nine meal. The second portion of the song is upbeat and festive, for when the meal is in my possession, well, that's when the party really begins ;)
When I first started writing this piece, I knew I wanted it to be about frozen food, but I couldn't really decide on how to approach it. I played with different instruments and styles of music, but I couldn't really decide on one that resonated with frozen items. Finally, I decided to just start composing. Once I got the rhythm, it was much easier to go forward with the piece. The steady drums are really the heart of the piece, as they keep the other instruments in a frozen structure.