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    The Cubicle

    The Cubicle is a small area set off by walls for special use, such as a place to work, to shower, or with a toilet.

    Note: I redid this using Art Vista's VGP and Garritan's Strad.



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    Last edited by fastlane; 03-01-2008 at 11:27 AM. Reason: Added The Strad

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    Fastlane:
    I must say that your use of the compositional techniques of repetition and varied repetition were quite successful in driving home your point. At first I wasn't sure if it was going to be a variation of the "Raw Hide" theme or chopsticks but you quite expertly turned it into a very interesting listen, and I'm glad I hung in until the very end.
    I can't wait for you to add lyrics and post a vocal rendition ( I couldn't resist trying some ludicrous humor.)
    I envy your daring creativeness.

    sos

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    Phil

    I will be honest and say this was a tough one to get thru. If you work in a cubicle, you must despise them, the man that created them, and his parents and theirs as well.

    I hear lots of anger, despair and agony in this and an ever present desire to just go postal. I do hope you are not thinking anything along those lines.

    Still a very well put together piece.

    Now, after the 3rd time thru this, I want to go out and torture little animals. (JK)

    WOW

    Ron

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    I can't say I connected with this one, my friend;
    which is unsurprising, as my own thinking is about
    as opposite of minimalism as one can arrive... lol.

    Yet, conceptually... it's an interesting idea to
    reflect the grinding confines and narrowness of
    purpose of "cublicles" -- and the eventual but
    expectably consequent frustration with them.

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    sos

    I'm glad you stuck it out. Thanks!

    I must say that your use of the compositional techniques of repetition and varied repetition were quite successful in driving home your point.
    I guess I was trying to torture the listener with it.

    At first I wasn't sure if it was going to be a variation of the "Raw Hide" theme or chopsticks but you quite expertly turned it into a very interesting listen, and I'm glad I hung in until the very end.
    I was thinking that it was sort of like chopsticks played back on a defective CD.

    Thanks again



    Ron


    Thank you for listening and commenting.

    I hear lots of anger, despair and agony in this and an ever present desire to just go postal. I do hope you are not thinking anything along those lines.
    No, I'm a pretty laid back person. This probably came from my apprehension of entering my busy time and I expressed and magnified those feelings. It was just a bit of acting or acting up.





    David

    I can't say I connected with this one, my friend;
    which is unsurprising, as my own thinking is about
    as opposite of minimalism as one can arrive... lol.

    You probably said to yourself," thank God it's over!"

    Well, get use to it because I'm going to start posting one of these a week.

    But really, now that I've gotten that out of my system it's time to pursue the more melodic. I recently joined a community choir. Maybe this was my last hurrah before I'm enveloped in nice, pleasing musical efforts and a grinding work load.

    Yet, conceptually... it's an interesting idea to
    reflect the grinding confines and narrowness of
    purpose of "cublicles" -- and the eventual but
    expectably consequent frustration with them.
    Yes, it was more about that than creating music this time.

    Your comments are always welcome.



    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane View Post
    The Cubicle is a small area set off by walls for special use, such as a place to work, to shower, or with a toilet.



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    Hi Phil,

    I digg your boldness! There is a depth under the surface of what we hear in your piece!

    I remember the first time I visited my wife in New-York at her office which consisted of endless cubicles... I pitted her... and thought for myself! "This is a nightmare that I have not seen before in my life!"
    I felt sorry for her! Later we married in Sweden... but then after 5 years she couldn't stand the hidden socialism that pervades everything in the society! We decided to move, it was even worse than the American cubicles


    Fred

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    Re: The Cubicle

    I am fond of minimalism and minimalist textures, so this was great for me. Interestingly, I am teaching a course in World Music this semester, and we are covering Javanese and Balinese gamelans - with their constant and insistent rhythmic patterns, this piece fit right in to what I have been hearing.

    I think the piece might be a little more effective with a little space/reverb - it seemed a little too close (maybe that's the cubicle?). And, the piece does have a sense of direction, so perhaps some dynamics? But those are just suggestions - I really did like this!
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    Fredrik

    I digg your boldness! There is a depth under the surface of what we hear in your piece!
    Boldness is good. I pretty much turned off my normal musical instincts on this one and boldly went for it.

    I remember the first time I visited my wife in New-York at her office which consisted of endless cubicles... I pitted her... and thought for myself! "This is a nightmare that I have not seen before in my life!"
    I felt sorry for her! Later we married in Sweden... but then after 5 years she couldn't stand the hidden socialism that pervades everything in the society! We decided to move, it was even worse than the American cubicles
    Yes, the socialists are a little more clever now than in the seventies when they were forcibly sterilizing delayed people. They even banned the rock band ABBA from swedish radio because they were not pc. The government should be there to protect people from the bullies, opportunist and disasters but not try to be a prying nurse maid.





    rpearl

    I am fond of minimalism and minimalist textures, so this was great for me. Interestingly, I am teaching a course in World Music this semester, and we are covering Javanese and Balinese gamelans - with their constant and insistent rhythmic patterns, this piece fit right in to what I have been hearing.
    I also seem to gravitate towards minimalist textures. I'll have to check out the Javanese and Balinese gamelans.

    I think the piece might be a little more effective with a little space/reverb - it seemed a little too close (maybe that's the cubicle?). And, the piece does have a sense of direction, so perhaps some dynamics? But those are just suggestions - I really did like this!
    I think you're right about the verb for creating a little more space.

    I was thinking about adding some additional voices like cello, viola, violin or such that would balance the repetitions and make it a little more palatable.

    This mix uses Art Vista's Virtual Grand Piano in the center and the GPO piano right and the JABB piano left.

    I'm happy you liked it.



    Phil

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    Phil,
    I was completely taken away by this music. The tension is almost unbearable up to the point where little recitative brings some relief, although very short lived..... I must say that I haven't heard anything quite as emotionally expressive on this forum. This music demands one to assimilate into something quite disturbing, only to realize that one finds something peaceful and undisturbed. It is certainly not for casual listening. I would like to congratulate you for this intense experience. Thank you.
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Hi Phil,

    This was quite pleasantly disturbing.

    Right away, a bit of a Philip Glass type of thing seemed to be happening, which kept this percolating along, trancelike. As others have mentioned, the real strength of this lies in its rawness and angularity... almost a controlled "bull in a china shop" feel.

    Very different in a very positive sense, Phil! Thanks for posting this unusual offering...

    Danny

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