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Toccata and Fugue in D minor


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davajonah

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Here's one. I haven't been particularly creative of late, so I've had a play around with this. One of my favourites, Bach's masterpiece for organ. Chopped up a non-copyrighted midi file and used just the Zebra 2 synth for all the voices. It's taken me ages. Not one, I suppose for any purists out there, but a sort of tribute to both Bach and also to Wendy [nee Walter] Carlos, who pioneered this sort of thing. It's nine and a half minutes long and if you listen to the end, thank you! Hope I'm not breaking any rules here. If so, I'll take it down.

Again, apologies to any classical purists. Just don't listen!
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Uploaded: Aug 14, 2011 - 06:56:16 AM
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2011 - 06:56:16 AM Last Played: Oct 13, 2016 - 03:23:37 PM
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iMac, Rokit 5s, various headphones.
Software:
Logic 8, Zebra 2 softsynth.
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Hey! THis is awsome!
Spacey tones give this a whole different feel from organ.
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Reinholt56 said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Hi Dave....
This is a great arrangement of Bach's music. I enjoyed your choice of instruments. The phrasing and accents weren't always there but the piece was wholelly? recognisable to me. I used to do this as a party piece twenty or thirty years ago so it brought back memories for me. You were brave to put so much work into this. I think your time was very well spent.

Great to see you back with some music.

Take care.

Paul
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Henke said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Brilliant
version of this old classical hit! I had an LP when I was young called 10 classical hits in slightly modernized versions, or at least the album cover art was, with Bach and the boys with shades and electric guitars etc. This special piece is to me even more connected with the animated TV-series "Once upon a time" (not sure of the English title) depicting human history from earliest times to the 20th century through a number of familiar characters taking on the lives of famous people in history etc in a humorous fashion. This tune is the lead motif of the series and fits it well and played a major part in my thinking it was a cool series when I was young.

With that background I think your version is a joy to listen to. To me it is close enough to a classical version but with enough electronica to heighten the experience. I guess some extra bass in a few places may have added even more spice, but that may be due to my listening on iMac internal speakers :-/ There are several special moments in here, I can just mention the sweet glockenspiel at 2.55. I can't imagine the amount of work you put into this, but it was sure worth it. Thanks!

Take care,
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kingbee said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
brave
Well, you can tell it took ages to sort out and the amount of work that went into it. A slight nod to Wendy Carlos only in that you have done a reworking of a classical piece with synths. Your own choice of sounds has made this your own particular version...and very good it is too.
Toccato and Fugue could be a very strange cop duo methinks.
Anyway
Good stuff Davey
cheers
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H3nry said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Cool arrangement!
I have loved this piece since I heard it as a kid, and I really enjoy a new take on it like this. Your orchestration really brings out some of the inner voices and layers in Bach's writing. Much enjoyed!
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michaeljayklein said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Quite an undertaking...
And no apologies necessary Dave! Hell, you should have seen the flack I got for playing Bach's Air on the G String a mite too moderato--oy! I think you did a really fine job here--the instruments contrasted each other when it called for it and blended together very smartly in other sections. Thanks for the hard work--well worth it!
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magnatone said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Toccata and Fugue
DAVE - this is a real achievement! 9.5 minutes of coolness! this is one of my faves of JS's also - so hard to play! congrats on this - very cool use of synth sounds!
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VicDiesel said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Tribute to....
whoever wrote this piece. It's quite contested whether that's actually Bach. In fact, I think it's not him.

But you clearly had fun with it. Zebra is great!
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magnatone said 2081 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
really?
how interesting! learn something new every day - i didn't know that!
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aRcTip said 2081 days ago (August 15th, 2011)
Hello Dave
Glad to see you back! Great work on this.
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Moviz said 2080 days ago (August 15th, 2011)
Sounds
very impressive Dave..... so powerful with those synth sounds...... certainly worth all the work you must have put in, regards M
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lengold said 2080 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
Sounds
massive - great listen.
Cheers
Len

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kalistavros said 2079 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
nice version
Didn't know this masterpiece could be done on flute!
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PatriciaGirl said 2079 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
Sweet Rendition
Just love it! All the different bells and flute sounding instruments are a delight. Thank you! patty:)
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XMaramena said 2073 days ago (August 23rd, 2011)
toccata
I really like this - have you heard Vanessa Mae on this piece?
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Narad said 2068 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Splenid rendering of Bach's masterpiece. Bravi !!!!
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pianozach said 2052 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Bach is
the greatest! It's wonderful how the instruments on practically any of his stuff can be updated. These days people regularly play his stuff on piano, which had yet to be invented during his lifetime, or they'll orchestrate his works (remember Disney's Fantasia version of this piece?). Or they'll "synthestrate" it, as you and I have done. Nice job.
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ic42 said 2052 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Belling the to-Cat-ta
Ah, the bells, and the flute-stops, very nicely voiced... and a definite tip-o-the-hat to Walter/Wendy. Always a treat to listen to your handiwork, and teaming up with Bach makes this even more enjoyable.
ttfn,
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