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    Sakura sakura with theremin

    "Sakura sakura" is possibly the most famous Japanese song. Thereminist Miquette challenged this tune on my rather avangarde arrangement. Here, harp sound is from GPO.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHPeF1MAUK4&fmt=18

    Any input will be highly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Hi Jun, Is it springtime in Japan? The pictures of the beautiful blossoms in the video sure spoke of spring. I have liked the melody of Sakura, Sakura for a long time, and I am a big fan of the version for guitar by Yukijiro Yokoh, a Japanese
    classical guitarist. What is interesting to me is that the exotic sounding melody is entirely diatonic, with no sharps or flats, yet it sounds so striking and mystical.
    Your accompaniment was, as always, impeccable and coupled with the theremin, very suitable. I enjoyed the music and the video!
    Arigatou gozaimasu.
    John

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Quote Originally Posted by bigears View Post
    What is interesting to me is that the exotic sounding melody is entirely diatonic, with no sharps or flats, yet it sounds so striking and mystical.
    John, thank you very much for your comment.

    The mode of "sakura" is a Japanese pentatonic scale of "mi, fa, ra, si, do", and it generates "Japanese" feeling in the melody.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Jun
    I enjoy using pentatonic scales and am always amazed at how much complexity can be acheived using so few notes.

    The thereman and the harp blend well together in this.

    A very enjoyable piece

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

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

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer View Post
    Jun
    The thereman and the harp blend well together in this.
    Thank you, Ron.

    Theremin is a rather "long tone" instrument so that it goes very well short suspension of Harp tones, I think.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    What a wonderful piece! It is different, but very nice to my ears, clean and filled with pure emotion.

    Thank you so much for this,

    Raymond

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Jun! I've had an exhilarating morning catching up on some of the Listening Room posts I've missed before, and now as my morning gears need to shift to other matters - I'm ending my listening time with your completely sublime project.

    Simply fantastic. Flawless, gorgeous, I'm totally enthralled with this. I added this to my Favorites on my You Tube page which opened up, so I can return again soon, and also share this with my lady Kate who I predict will love it also.

    The video was lovely and very supportive of the beautiful music, and I'm SO pleased to see the footage of Miquetteplaying the Theremin. Fascinating!

    Thanks so much for yet again offering us such a delectable musical treat.

    Randy

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    What a wonderful piece!
    Thank you much for your kind comment. Sorry for this late reply.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser- View Post
    I'm ending my listening time with your completely sublime project.
    Randy, thank you very much for your gorgeous comment. I cannot reply to you with such big words , anyway I am very grateful that you could appreciate our project.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: Sakura sakura with theremin

    Jun, this is the first music of yours that I've come across, and it's wonderful! Sakura has remarkable control of her instrument. When I clicked over for theremin music, I expected something barely listenable, but she is marvelous. I could listen for an hour.

    Thanks for posting this, and keep writing!

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