The music: I started with a scale called “alt dominant” for a bridge, then played around with various chromatic morphs. Then it sort of happened. It’s very slow, very thoughtful. Calm, but not peaceful. But wistful. It’s mysterious, and it ends without a feeling of ending. It just sort of fades away.One of my students, Michael, suggested the name “Noir”, and I love that idea. So thanks, Michael!

The rest of the story:

I did not think of black and white music. When I’m writing music I don’t have anything visual in mind. For me it’s pure sound. But I think black and white pictures somehow fit this music perfectly because they have a special mood. I also want to thank my friend Louie for all of his help in coaching me on how to make videos. I started out a few months ago absolutely ignorant of how to do any of this.

9 thoughts on “Noir”

  1. I think the name noir suits this song. I could imagine it played late at night at a jazz club or in a old detective movie. It’s a very smooth and calming piece with some more unorthodox chords for a darker undertone that resolves itself later on. Always appreciate smooth jazz on a piano. Great piece.

  2. This is a fantastic listen. The mood it gives off is like mysterious, like I’m imagining a guy in a trench coat in the rain starring in a black and white movie. A “noir feel” for sure. It’s jazzy, serious, mysterious, just leaves you wondering. If I’d had to suggest something, maybe a title with the word noir, or just “Noir”.

  3. On subsequent listening, I still can’t come up with a name. It’s a mood for sure, one that I’ve tasted many times, in places this piece evokes. It’s not happy, but it isn’t regret, either. I guess that makes it a Mystery?

  4. Just very simply – I love this piece at first hearing.

    Jazz minor starting on the 7th degree. Please tell me that they don’t call it a “Locrian jazz minor” 😉

    Morphing is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s like a portal to any world. So simple and yet.

    1. In fact, jazz musicians call this “alt dominant” scale “Super Locrian”, for this reason: You make jazz minor by using a major scale with b3. If you go to Locrian that becomes b4. It’s kind of a cool concept really for getting the sound. You then take that new concept – really jazz minor starting on degree 7 – and use the first note as your root of the LH chord, which is X7 with the 5th left out. Like this:

      You play B C D Eb G B A B in the RH and stick B7 in the left hand, but no 5th, like B D# A. This is an ear thing, so you simply use that one black note without thinking of a name

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