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    Jubjub and Bandersnatch

    This a Tone poem about two of the mythical characters found in the poems. See the link below (after the poem) for the piece.

    I have used GPO and JABB and a couple of other libraries in this one.

    In the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, (That piece of music can be found here http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=63623) the following line is found:

    "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!"

    The Jubjub bird is further described in his "The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits)"
    These are the relevent sections of that poem.....

    Then a scream, shrill and high, rent the shuddering sky
    And they knew that some danger was near:
    The Beaver turned pale to the tip of its tail,
    And even the Butcher felt queer.

    He thought of his childhood, left far behind-
    That blissful and innocent state-
    The sound so exactly recalled to his mind
    A pencil that squeaks on a slate!

    "'Tis the voice of the Jubjub!" he suddenly cried.
    (This man, that they used to call "Dunce.")
    "As the Bellman would tell you," he added with pride,
    "I have uttered that sentiment once.

    "'Tis the note of the Jubjub! Keep count, I entreat.
    You will find I have told it you twice.
    'Tis the song of the Jubjub! The proof is complete.
    If only I've stated it thrice."
    "As to temper the Jubjub's a desperate bird.
    Since it lives in perpetual passion:
    Its taste in costume is entirely absurd-
    It is ages ahead of the fashion:

    "But it knows any friend it has met once before:
    It never will look at a bribe:
    And in charity-meetings it stands at the door,
    And collects- though it does not subscribe.

    "Its flavour when cooked is more exquisite far
    Than mutton, or oysters, or eggs:
    (Some think it keeps best in an ivory jar,
    And some, in mahogany kegs

    "You boil it in sawdust: you salt it in glue:
    You condense it with locusts and tape:
    Still keeping one principal object in view-
    To preserve its symmetrical shape."

    Here is the piece

    Jubjub and Bandersnatch.mp3 - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage

    Hope you enjoy

    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein


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    Yes, this does sound like the Jubjub and the Bandersnatch. I love this poem set from Lewis Carroll. You have definitely captured the essence of the dark mythical and mystical qualities of these unique poems.

    I enjoyed the listen and will hunt down others in this library.

    Thanks for sharing,
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    I agree with Bill and have to say:

    Ron, this is very well done! You did a great job here!

    Thanks for sharing it!


    Edit: Listening again and again.... .
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

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    Excellent ideas here!

    You have captured the sense of awe and mystery surrounding these characters. Your sound canvas has expanded nicely. I really enjoy this.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong


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    I've read that poem twice and beginning to understand it. Finally I understand your music Ron. Great moods you display here. It kept my attention all the way to the end, with growing admiration of the instrumentation and tone clusters you used. What a powerful use of those lower instruments! Great stuff, folks. Thank you for educating me, Ron.

    Raymond - still listening to the ending of this great piece. Things are going mad to a climax..............why not an ending screaming chord?


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    I read the poems years ago and lately have gotten back into poetry, mainly because of teaching I guess. That and the English teacher at my school is hot!


    As a mathematician myself, I like to further the works of other mathematicians and Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was an accomplished logician and mathematician.


    I am very happy you enjoyed this one. It was fun composing.

    Thanks guys

    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein


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    Excellent ambientation, i liked a lot the beginning, so surrealistic and ethereal. You achieve a fantastic and intriguing sound, the orchestration is very well managed too, for example, the use of the glocken. This series of fantastic pictures based on Carroll are very interesting.


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    rolifer, I really like this. The instrumentation sounds great to me. I also think there is a lot of nice material here. This is a nice listen.

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    Sorry about my horrible typing skills.

    Thank you for overlooking that and still leaving me a nice compliment. It is much appreciated.

    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein


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    Great sounds all the way through. You have a way of
    creating "stark" or "heroic" sounds either independently or
    concurrently. It's always a "plus" when you know how
    to orchestrate these types of defining characteristics with

    The orchestration is very full and has that mystifying
    ambience of some of your latest, previous undertakings.

    Great to hear this, Ron.

    How long did it take from idea to final mix?

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