Stylistic diversity is a good thing. The music coming up on my horizon is not going to be like anything else I've ever tried to do before. I am currently studying lots of opera (scores and recordings) trying to figure out how to adapt my usual complex rhythmic impulses into something less... harried? There needs to be melody, and for melody I need to figure out good harmonies. I'm sure some parts of this scene will use functional harmonies, but feel that others are going to be very much more based on their color. With reduced forces available, I also have to figure out how to set everything just right for the instruments so that nothing is too overly hard or out of range. I'm thinking about making my ensemble, saxophone quartet, violin/viola, guitar with lots of electronics, bass, bass clarinet, perhaps percussion (if we can secure a player and the equipment) and 2 female and 1 male voices.
I have half an idea formed for what I want my scene to be about, but you will have to wait for the big reveal to know. Lets just say I'm trying really hard to write something that everyone will stop to think about when its all over.
To be perfectly honest, this project is starting to both scare me to the bejesus, and be exciting at the same time. I'm trying to get to the point where I am well and truly creative, but fear that is still many years even decades away. At least its good to feel like my compositional voice is somewhere over the near horizon.