WANTED: crazy 6/8 / jig - the wackier and chromaticer the betterer

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WANTED: crazy 6/8 / jig - the wackier and chromaticer the betterer

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Hi C&F, been a while since I posted here. I would really like to find a weird and wacky, out-there jig, or something that conforms to a 6/8 time signature. Aside from blasting jigs and reels on the tin whistle, I also play the clarinet. I particularly like dipping my toes into klezmer. A crazy idea I have at the moment is to fit some of the verse from The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers to the aforementioned 6/8 tune (if one exists). You can see for yourself how well the words scan to the time signature:

The most merciful thing in the world, I believe
is humanity's failure to fully conceive
the cosmical horrors we've yet to reveal,
and which up until now I have tried to conceal.


As I'll play it on the clarinet (chromatic), I'm not tied to a diatonic instrument. Therefore, departures from some of the constraints of ITM are possible.

Can you think of something that fits the bill?

Thanks for your time!
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Re: WANTED: crazy 6/8 / jig - the wackier and chromaticer the betterer

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You could always compose one. You’d be more likely to get something with the sound you are after, and at the same time avoid ruffling feathers by bringing a traditional tune into it.

As far as inspiration goes, aside from Irish jigs, you could look into Galician muiñeiras to get some additional composition ideas flowing for stuff in 6/8.
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Re: WANTED: crazy 6/8 / jig - the wackier and chromaticer the betterer

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In the past, I wrote a few that would fit the bill ... I suppose I could share, but I'd second Sirchronique - I'd say write your own.
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