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*LOOKING FOR HELP IN FINDING MUSIC....ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO DO NEXT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS.

Hi there, im choreographing a contemporary dance piece titled: LAUGHING TO STOP MYSELF CRYING. I have found a stimuli in the E.E Cummings poem: 'maggie and milly and molly and may' and therefore am basing it on how things (like the beach) can seem sickly sweet on the outside but on the inside a person can be crying.
I have based the steps on childhood activity and giving it dark twists, and the dance has alot of pauses and unconventional rhythms to break up the flow of the dance and make it about self realisation, escape and reflection. I AM STUCK FOR MUSIC. i wanted the opening to be in silence, as my body and feet are rhythmic in this section and it concentrates on the dance being about ME.... But then I was wondering about reverbing, almost ocean sounds in the background. I found a really good piece but now dont know where to go. CAN ANYONE SUGGEST ANYTHING?

I found a dance piece in an ABA structure so i can bring the dance full circle but i think it has too much of a beat. I wanted something curious, whimisical, childlike but not something that controls the dance. I ended up altering so much of the dance to fit the music and i didnt like it.
ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE AMAZING.....


Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:09 pm
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As a choreographer myself, I'm interested to hear that you choreographed the dance before having a song. It's kind of neat to hear. I know everyone works differently, and whatever works for you is great, but that would be nearly impossible for me. The song is my stimuli, my muse, my springboard.

I would maybe suggest something by the Flaming Lips (a favorite of mine), particularly "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate." This may not be anywhere near what you're looking for, but that's what it made me think of.


Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:14 pm
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Something by Air might work well, try listening to 'Bathroom Girl' or 'Dirty Trip'. They are suitably bizarre, but beautiful, melodic and haunting.

Or for something completely different; something by The Prodigy or The Chemical Brothers?

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