Birdsongs of the Mesozoic Quotes
Generally each piece is fully composed by one of us when it is brought in for rehearsal. Sometimes a preliminary sketch is presented so that the composer can get a better sense of how the piece sounds. There is often feedback on specific aspects of each piece, but this almost never results in significant enough change to warrant shared composer credit, for example.
Each composition is written by a specific individual and then worked out at our rehearsals. It's really no different than a string quartet practicing new material since virtually all our music is scored out. There is a common misconception that we are a group that improvises, which is far from the truth.
Despite the fact that I am coming from a relatively traditional classical background, both edgy and innovative '60s rock has always been a big influence on me. Back in 1977 when I was working on my Master's degree in composition/piano at the University of Iowa, I remember giving a lecture on '60s rock to my peers and they simply didn't get it. They were absolutely horrified when I played songs by the Seeds and 13th Floor Elevators.
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