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Friday, November 5, 1999   Music as Art:

Doug Skinner, At the Party Club

The idea for this piece ("Prelude") was to play a tableful of small instruments as a keyboard -- like a toy orchestra, or a prepared piano without the piano. The Casio I used had a comping feature that provided a jaunty underpinning and freed my hands for the other instruments. The music is similiar to the scores I was writing for the New Vaudeville productions at the time, especially for dance/clown Bill Irwin. In fact, I used it in a couple of shows with him, although I usually saved it to open my solo sets. I'd just written it when I did it for Paul McMahon's "Party Club." As I recall, it was fun to write and hard to play.

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