Electrotechnica: A Classical Disco

 

I wrote this piece back in 1977 when disco was at the height of its popularity. I have to admit, I loved the sound and feel of disco, but did not like its incessant repetitive nature. So I came up with a “disco figure” and tune and worked up a piece that has more traditional (i.e., “classical” form and changes).

Disco BallOne feature of 70s popular music, especially disco, was blatant panning (switching from the left stereo channel to the right and vice versa). There is a subtle use of this in Electrotechnica in the synthesizers (it’s easiest to hear with headphones).

When I first wrote the piece, I played it on the piano for a couple of my friends. Their response was, “This is way to complicated to be disco.” Well, I must agree. Nevertheless, my intention was to somewhat capture the essence of disco without actually creating disco. Needless to say, with the meter changes and other complexities, I would never expect anyone to dance to this piece, unless it was choreographed in advance!

As with all of my music, this piece is for the pleasure of music lovers everywhere, and dedicated to the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy Electrotechnica: A Classical Disco.

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