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    Number Theory

    I posted this one last year under the name of Gauss and Quadratic Reciprocity (mod 521). I have updated the piano to the New Steinway and have done extensive work on the piano part.

    The day after I posted it, I decided to work on the file some more and my computer froze. I rebooted and could not find the file where I had put it. I looked for the file off and on for weeks to no avail. The back-up I had made of the file was corrupt so I thought I had lost this peice. I still had the wav but nothing else. A few months ago I moved all of my Cakewalk files to a different hard drive and a number of weeks ago I noticed that the file was back. I have been working on it ever since. About 80% of this was played in real time by me on my trusty Casio. The other 20% are the fast runs that I just can't convince my fingers to play.

    Edit: This piece started out as 98% of my playing. I have since gone in and moved a lot of the notes to where they should be in terms of horizontal postion. In other words, I adjusted when I hit the notes. It amazes me how much better it sounds as compared to my "live" version.

    The new version is here

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profi...=0cxeyggyy7zb6

    Here it is on boxnet

    http://www.box.net/shared/oyn7nrq67d

    The original thread with the explanation of why the piece was called what it was is here http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61169

    I have been playing the piano parts in this for years but this was the first time I put it all together.

    The piece uses GPO, JABB, GASP and a few others.

    It runs a little over 10 minutes, but I think it is worth a full listen as it does keep reinventing itself as it progresses.

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

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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    Re: Number Theory

    Hi Ron,

    I've heard this before. It strikes me, hearing this wonderful piece. I can imagine that your fingers cannot play those fast "riffs" anymore. What a wonderful instrument this Steinway is, isn't it? Maybe I missed it, but how is it with your exam, now? You certainly made it with this piece of music, tender, fierce, dark moods where needed and some strange but well put trumpet glissandos.

    Raymond

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    Re: Number Theory

    Sorry, I missed it the first time around. This is very interesting. Hmmm mod 321? I can't even get a firm grasp of mod 10.

    I really like the orchestration in this. Everything seems so balance and clear in the mix. And of course the piano sound is extremely fine. It is almost as good as my Authorized Steinway B (which fills 7 feet of my living room).

    I enjoyed this on a cold March morning, thanks.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Raymond

    There are a few fast runs in this that my fingers still remember how to play and can still do. There a few though that were done completely in the piano roll just because I never taught my fingers how to do them.

    I flunked the exam as I knew I did but received a C for the course. So in the last 4 years I have straight A's except for this course and one other. The other course was Music Appreciation in which I got a B. I didn't appreciate the teacher enough. So I will graduate this May with a 3.9 GPA.

    Rich

    I'm glad you mentioned mod 321 in your post. It was supposed to be mod 521, which makes a world of difference. 521 is a prime number whereas 321 is not.

    I would love to have a 7 ft Steinway in my living room.

    THanks guys

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

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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    Great stuff, Ron!

    This is engaging, purposeful writing that makes for a great and entertaining listen. The piano holds this together very well - allowing the orchestra to weave in and out. This is skillfully executed. The percussion imparts an almost oriental flavour to this and is also well handled. I'm listening to this over my hi-fi but this is one for my new headphones I think - so expect to get a few more 'hits' on this one!

    Regards,

    Graham

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    It´s excellent Ron, i liked a lot this strange and fantastic world you created, disonant and abstract, the brass are incredible and the piano and percussion have an excellent sound and are very well managed along the composition.

    Regards,

    Victor

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    Graham
    I sometimes wonder if I overdid the percussion in some parts. But this piece has finally gotten to the Fine For Now stage.

    Victor

    My guess is that you would be able to play most if not all of this on the piano. I wish that I was as capable.

    Thanks guys

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

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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    Ron-I am on an iPod so will be brief. This is quite the extravaganza. Quite a musical journey you take us on. Well done! Very powerful!

    Del
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    Re: Number Theory

    Your music is always different. You sure put your stamp on it.

    This is a little dark isn't it. A journey of the mind and reality.

    Was that a reversed cymbal at 7:59. ?


    A great listen Ron.




    Phil

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    Del

    I have never owned an ipod, so I wasn't aware you could access sites and then reply. Aint technology cool. I still listen to music on my Sony CD walkman which still fits my needs.

    Phil

    In many places thoughout this piece, I use what I thought was called a waterphone but I am not so sure now. The sample is a cymbal that is lowered into a bucket of water and moved up and down. I saw a guy use one in a Symphony that showcased him as a solo percussionist amd fell in love with the instrument. So that is what is at 7:59. But I like the idea of a cymbal in reverse. That might just fit in the piece I am working on now.

    A lot of my pieces are dark and this one is no exception, buit I think there is some contrast in it. Well. maybe not, but I will at least pretend there is.

    Thanks guys

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

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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