In order to be more productive, composer Justin Merritt once tried polyphasic sleeping, meaning he slept only a couple hours per day. After countless hours of busyness, he finally came to the revelation that he just needed to feel bored to become inspired. In this episode of Composer Quest, Justin and I talk about how Buddhist philosophies have influenced his life as a composer, and he shares some great composition advice he gives to his students at St. Olaf. Justin also explains how he invented a unique system of creating scales and modulating, which he used in his beautiful piece “Lachryme” for string orchestra.
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All the music in this episode was composed by Justin Merritt.
- 0:00 – Lachryme
- 1:30 – Cube Dance
- 18:35 – Glyph
- 24:06 – Pierrot Lunaire Loops (in progress)
- 30:12 – The Day Florestan Murdered Magister Raro
- 32:46 – Janus Mask
- 33:52 – Album Leaves
- 34:33 – Quiet Land (from Album Leaves)
- 38:43 – Windchimes