Rare Bird Suite (2012)

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Rare bird suite 2012
Since the end of July 2001 I have been working on a piece entitled 'Rare Bird Suite', which is based on the lyrics of ‘Rare Bird', by Hoelderlin. These are about the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, who spent a great part of his life in a tower in Tübingen. Because I sometimes feel isolated myself, I created a link between the lyrics and my own life too. The tower can be seen as a metaphore for my own isolation.
I had the idea to write a long piece based on this lyrics for the first time in 1993. It wasn't completed, because I couldn't decide in which direction it had to go. On one hand I would write something which could be played by a real rock-band and on the other hand I wanted to use everything I had in store and make it as orchestral as possible. Since I was satisfied with some parts I had, I decided to use them as seperate compositions. The opening part became 'Searching' and another part, probably the third one, became 'Rum und Sauerkraut'.
In 1994 I tried for the second time, but again I didn't get it right, so I stopped. This time nothing was used to create other songs.
I thought this time I would complete the suite, because I was also motivated by the people on my favorite website, who seemed to like my music. Besides I had decided not to worry about the fact if it can be played by a real rock-band or not.
After the death of my mother in December 2002 things went defenitly wrong, especially when most of 'Rare bird' was lost, I couldn't find the inspiration to go on. The first 7 parts were recorded on CDR, but alas this one deteriorated, so the recordings are lost. Only the mp3's can be found on SoundClick. In 2003 I started recording some parts again with the sampler, but this was also stopped, since I got inspiration to write some other stuff. I was planning to start re-recording things, but this time with my new 12-track harddiskrecorder. The idea was to record different parts after eachother on seperate tracks, so I could use different effects. It should be possible to do this with midi-synchronisation. Alas this gave a lot of computer-problems. In the end I have decided not to try this again, because midi-clock isn't really a reliable source for synchronisation.
In 2010 I decided to start from scratch again, but after more or less completing the opening-part, I stopped.
In August 2012 I started from scratch again and in July 2016 it was finally finished. I still needed to master it and during this, I discovered some annoying things, meaning 2 parts had to be rerecorded.

Part 1 – Prologue 3:10
Part 2 – Fields of thoughts and dreams 1 5:37
Part 3 – Hills and trees 4:55
Part 4 – Fields of thoughts and dreams 2 3:01
Part 5 – A garden full of flowers 1 4:21
Part 6 – The tower 7:12
Part 7 – Rare bird 11:32
Part 8 – A garden full of flowers 2 5:14
Part 9 – Epilogue 3:48

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released August 16, 2016

Renate Gabrielle Methöfer: Composing, programming

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Rare Bird Productions Netherlands

At the end of 1994, I started using the name Rare Bird Productions, to pay a tribute to my favorite group Hoelderlin. This German group has recorded a song called ‘Rare bird', which I liked very much. Besides this, I felt the lyrics, which were about the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, described my own feelings as well. ... more

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