Each day of January I have some fun with FunADay Dundee
For 2022 I will compose 24 tunes - one in each key . . .

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

Composition Inspirer Tool - shows one of 24 keys, plus a randomly selected mood.

The idea is to provide a combination of key and mood to spark composition or improvisation . . .

Also, I'll join this with a picture of an exhibit at Dundee's McManus Galleries to inspire the title.



Calm C to begin the project - easing in gently . . .


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Today's tune is a bit mysterious, it's called 'standing stone' in B minor.


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Composed on flute to give the air of tension - reflecting an old prison door displayed in the McManus.


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On guitar this time, simple and smouldering in D major, with an old log boat.


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The Mars was improvised in one take on the piano - in C minor, though I'm not sure I was regimented enough!


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Orange/Blue - a wee reference to Dundee's 2 football teams - another guitar piece, in E minor.


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Hopeful piano in A flat major - played in a few minutes, but this took a couple of hours to arrange the notation!


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To mark the Tay Bridge disaster, this was composed for brass quartet in sombre A minor.


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A spinning, circling tune in three, inspired by the Penny Farthing on display at McManus.


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Flute in pensive mood, for a view from Balgay across the Tay.


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A grim tune for brass quartet, to go with a grim mask - read more about this in McManus Galleries.


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Dennis the menace makes an appearance in this piece - a lazy blues for guitar.


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A spiky, awkward tune in 5/4 time with lots of skips and jumps, to go with the poll tax protests.


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A wistful brass quartet this time, commemorating Dundee Marmalade and Keiller's.


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Blues on vintage electric for the whale bones on display above your head at McManus.


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Loud electric guitar for a furious E major piece - to go with the stuffed wild bear roaring!


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A simple piece using only black keys on the piano - called "tea pot" in honour of the Willow Tea display.


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A bright and flighty tune on flute to accompany Winkie the pigeon!


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My last brass piece - this time a "hilarious" effort in b flat major - dedicated to the Ninth Wonder of the World - the Tay Bridge before it collapsed...


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A cheerful tune in d flat major on piano - inspired by the "Sailors Gift" on display . . .


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A darker tone in this tune about the old town . . .


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Gloaming - a gloomy bass-heavy piano piece in g sharp minor, a partner for yesterday's tune.


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Finishing with a flute piece in F minor - "Sterling Silver"!


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