Composer embarks on legacy project

News Jul 09, 2015 Kitchener Post

By Melissa Murray

Kitchener Post staff

After spending the day creating software applications, Ian Ring sits back on the couch, cat sprawled across his shoulders, while he arranges classical piano compositions on his computer.

He moves the notes around until something strikes a chord. Then it’s back to the piano to see if his fingers can keep up with the melody he’s just created.

Ring is hoping to embark on a musical journey later this month with help from a crowdfunding campaign.

In the span of two years, Ring is hoping to compose solo piano compositions based on each of the 22 major arcana cards in a tarot deck. The cards are used in

divination and each has a vivid illustration depicted, to symbolize different themes.

Although he plays several instruments, there was no question the project would be completed on the piano. “My voice is the piano. I can also speak clarinet, and can speak saxophone, and can play the flute, but those aren’t really my voice. When I get on piano I just kind of get it and it comes out easier.”

It’s all or nothing for Ring’s crowdfunding campaign. He’s looking to raise $5,873, largely for professional-quality software to create the printed scores, high quality digital recordings and for the printing of the scores in a book.

Ring hasn’t started the compositions yet, although he is filing away ideas.

One of the most challenging cards will be the tower card, which symbolizes immediate change, disaster and upheaval. The illustration on the card is of a tower struck by lightning with people falling from the windows.

“I think that composition has to be a special one,” he said.

The project will help Ring bridge two of his interests, his love of music and his growing interest in the major arcana and tarot.

“Everybody likes to try to know what the future holds,” Ring said, adding he’ll be doing some research to get to know more of the symbolism and messages behind each card while completing the compositions.

Whether or not he gets the funding, the project will be completed, but the presentation will be different, he said.

“I think of it as being sort of a legacy project,” Ring said.

“The code I write this afternoon may exist for five years or 10 years ... but in the evenings when I’m composing music for piano, I think people are going to be playing piano for a long, long time and hopefully they’ll enjoy what I’m creating.”

Ring’s Kickstarter campaign runs until July 16. For more info, go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/440936161/opus-arcana-piano-music-about-the-tarot.

 

Composer embarks on legacy project

News Jul 09, 2015 Kitchener Post

By Melissa Murray

Kitchener Post staff

After spending the day creating software applications, Ian Ring sits back on the couch, cat sprawled across his shoulders, while he arranges classical piano compositions on his computer.

He moves the notes around until something strikes a chord. Then it’s back to the piano to see if his fingers can keep up with the melody he’s just created.

Ring is hoping to embark on a musical journey later this month with help from a crowdfunding campaign.

In the span of two years, Ring is hoping to compose solo piano compositions based on each of the 22 major arcana cards in a tarot deck. The cards are used in

divination and each has a vivid illustration depicted, to symbolize different themes.

Although he plays several instruments, there was no question the project would be completed on the piano. “My voice is the piano. I can also speak clarinet, and can speak saxophone, and can play the flute, but those aren’t really my voice. When I get on piano I just kind of get it and it comes out easier.”

It’s all or nothing for Ring’s crowdfunding campaign. He’s looking to raise $5,873, largely for professional-quality software to create the printed scores, high quality digital recordings and for the printing of the scores in a book.

Ring hasn’t started the compositions yet, although he is filing away ideas.

One of the most challenging cards will be the tower card, which symbolizes immediate change, disaster and upheaval. The illustration on the card is of a tower struck by lightning with people falling from the windows.

“I think that composition has to be a special one,” he said.

The project will help Ring bridge two of his interests, his love of music and his growing interest in the major arcana and tarot.

“Everybody likes to try to know what the future holds,” Ring said, adding he’ll be doing some research to get to know more of the symbolism and messages behind each card while completing the compositions.

Whether or not he gets the funding, the project will be completed, but the presentation will be different, he said.

“I think of it as being sort of a legacy project,” Ring said.

“The code I write this afternoon may exist for five years or 10 years ... but in the evenings when I’m composing music for piano, I think people are going to be playing piano for a long, long time and hopefully they’ll enjoy what I’m creating.”

Ring’s Kickstarter campaign runs until July 16. For more info, go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/440936161/opus-arcana-piano-music-about-the-tarot.

 

Composer embarks on legacy project

News Jul 09, 2015 Kitchener Post

By Melissa Murray

Kitchener Post staff

After spending the day creating software applications, Ian Ring sits back on the couch, cat sprawled across his shoulders, while he arranges classical piano compositions on his computer.

He moves the notes around until something strikes a chord. Then it’s back to the piano to see if his fingers can keep up with the melody he’s just created.

Ring is hoping to embark on a musical journey later this month with help from a crowdfunding campaign.

In the span of two years, Ring is hoping to compose solo piano compositions based on each of the 22 major arcana cards in a tarot deck. The cards are used in

divination and each has a vivid illustration depicted, to symbolize different themes.

Although he plays several instruments, there was no question the project would be completed on the piano. “My voice is the piano. I can also speak clarinet, and can speak saxophone, and can play the flute, but those aren’t really my voice. When I get on piano I just kind of get it and it comes out easier.”

It’s all or nothing for Ring’s crowdfunding campaign. He’s looking to raise $5,873, largely for professional-quality software to create the printed scores, high quality digital recordings and for the printing of the scores in a book.

Ring hasn’t started the compositions yet, although he is filing away ideas.

One of the most challenging cards will be the tower card, which symbolizes immediate change, disaster and upheaval. The illustration on the card is of a tower struck by lightning with people falling from the windows.

“I think that composition has to be a special one,” he said.

The project will help Ring bridge two of his interests, his love of music and his growing interest in the major arcana and tarot.

“Everybody likes to try to know what the future holds,” Ring said, adding he’ll be doing some research to get to know more of the symbolism and messages behind each card while completing the compositions.

Whether or not he gets the funding, the project will be completed, but the presentation will be different, he said.

“I think of it as being sort of a legacy project,” Ring said.

“The code I write this afternoon may exist for five years or 10 years ... but in the evenings when I’m composing music for piano, I think people are going to be playing piano for a long, long time and hopefully they’ll enjoy what I’m creating.”

Ring’s Kickstarter campaign runs until July 16. For more info, go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/440936161/opus-arcana-piano-music-about-the-tarot.