I Love You is an hour long piece of music inspired by the phrase 'I love you'. It is also inspired by the way one can interpret this phrase, since it is empirically meaningless - meaning its emotional impact comprises the entire significance of the phrase. This means it can change its meaning and impact entirely, dependent on context in which it is spoken. I chose to represent the impact of context on the phrase 'I love you' by repeating a vocal sample of it for an hour while a large variety of musical devices danced on top of it.
I had also been wanting to write a really long piece of music for a while now - something I could be proud of, which would stretch me as a composer, guitarist and pianist.
As an exercise, I included a lot of references to the number 4. For example, the composition is written in four sections, each of which has a defining motif made up of four notes. The piece ends with a quadruple fugue for four voices, with four instruments playing each voice. To write and record this piece took approximately four months.
released August 27, 2012
Will Tuckwell - Guitars, Basses, Pianos, Keyboards, Production, Cymbals, Mandolin, Melodica, Timpani
Annalise Lam - Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Violin
Cameron Alsop - Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Tegwen Hammersley, Martha Mooney, Annalise Lam, Xavi Bowyer Hammersley, David Rice - vocals
Wesley Shoare - 'The Voice'.
Album Art by Annalise Lam
Special thanks also to Alastair Stewart for lending several mics and a 24-track recorder, Cameron Alsop for lending cymbals and timpani, the Hammersleys for lending a mandolin, David Rice for fugue advice, and my family for coping fine with mics set up around the house for several days, and being quiet while I recorded.