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    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
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    Electric Eclair

    This is intended as a quiet relaxation, or at least as close as my music gets to such. The next piece will be quite the opposite.

    Electric Eclair
    http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin...?scoreid=83063

    The link will lead to three choices.

    At the top, you will see a blue button to play the mp3.

    Just below that, you will see the score, if you have the Scorch plugin. Otherwise, a blank where the score ought to be. Here you can view the score and listen to the Scorch playback (GM), not a good sound, usually.

    Below this, under the heading of details, you will see a choice to download the mp3 file, which is the best choice if you want to hear, and don't have broadband. The mp3 is the GPO Steinway.

    Richard

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    Re: Electric Eclair

    Actually, it is rather relaxing -- rather rain-on-the-roof feel to it in places; and the light texture and spacious voicing in much of the writing have a pleasantly open sense, less demanding than some of your more densely constructed work, Richard.

    Nice work on this, Richard -- I enjoyed the piece.

    Best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

    Definitely becoming a Wayland fan...
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    Re: Electric Eclair

    Hi, you definitely have a distinct voice. The way I interpret this piece and your explanation of it is: For me, for this piece to be relaxing, I have to listen to it indirectly. When I listened while focusing on something else I experience relaxation; as though I was listening to the sounds of "nature"; random - not in sync. I do this when I sleep. I have my TV on and turned down low/ The dialog and music become blurred and gives me a sense of relaxation and helps me sleep. Sounds with patterns that repeat like a squeaky fan do NOT help. I hope this makes sense in some way for you. Did I say I really liked the piece? I'm slowly understanding your voice; or at least from my perspective as the listener.

    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: Electric Eclair

    Well, David & Michael, you both have got the idea right on. The rain analogy is quite accurate, and I use something of the sort fairly often, although I achieve it by various means. There is a passage which recurs throughout, in one form or another, and it was carefully written a sixteenth not offset from the beat, which retains it's smooth character while adding to the feeling of randomness. All in all, it was quite a difficult piece to write. It gained considerably by judicious application of the composer's best tool, the eraser or electronic equivalent. After I finished it for about the 40th time, I cut it by two minutes, then thinned the remaining score, mostly by erasing a measure or so here and there in the treble, to make it feel lighter and less demanding.

    It is always hard for me to get the harmonic structure that I want without assuming pianists with gargantuan hands, and I spent hours compensating over sized chords!

    My next piece, which will be available in an hour or so, is quite as thin, but much more driving.

    Richard

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