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ic42

 Genre: Baroque

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It is a march against time. My first study in 5/4 meter with a toy fugue. This was designed to elicit a smile from My Fake Identity, who so adores music in 5/4 time. Many thanks to Tracy Vosh, Roxylee, and Kassia, who graciously critiqued several versions, guiding it to its current more palatable state.

Please offer any critiques or suggestions, and any stories that this music parades through your mind. I continue to learn so much from my Macjams friends, thank you.
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Uploaded: May 22, 2010 - 07:09:58 PM
Last Updated: May 22, 2010 - 07:09:58 PM Last Played: May 18, 2018 - 06:32:38 PM
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Comments
Roxylee said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
Dancing
on a circuit board. Your compositions are human and otherworldly at the same time. Intriguing. Thank you for the sneak previews.:-)
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
thank you for nudging me in the right direction
now if I can get that Drakonis guy to actually re-score this for orchestra, it might sound even better. So many notes, so little time. I enjoy the day-dreamy quality of music, and am glad you enjoy slipping "between" the worlds with me.
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MyFakeIdentity said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
lovely
Isn't 5/4 great? I'm so happy you explored this little-traveled universe! The intertwining melodies are smooth yet complex. Did you intend to post this on the date 5/4? The multiple puns in the title and the song picture are making me smile.
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
it began on 5/4/10
but I knew I could not possibly finish it in a day. Many other important things always distract me from my free time. However, yes, this was initially a very frightening foray into an odd time signature. And then the melody invented itself for me, and fit perfectly, and from then on it was easier. As always, the endings give me fits, and I rewrote the ending over and over (ask Roxylee) before finally stating "Five's a charm!" and stopping.

If someone detects the wordplay and pixelplay I create, it is all worthwhile, thank you for noticing, and for being 'you.'
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Lardo said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
Un-Fugue-gettable
Dance of the Solid State Soldiers. I'd love to hear an organic version of this composition.
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
Fuguettaboutit
indeed. My wife completely agrees with you. She states that the melodies and counterpoint are charming, but the synthesizer voices seriously detract from the listening enjoyment. I shall have to move this from the ic42 experiment lab to the Drakonis Chamber, and see what happens next. Thank you for the wordplay of wisdom, as always, it is greatly appreciated.
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SmokeyVW said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
cool tune
i found myself counting it out with the fingers on one hand. now i know what my pinky is really for!

this is really intricate - quite a growth from the original concept you shared a while ago

the end was exactly on the beat - lol

thanks
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
5/4 is hard to beat
it is a kind of musical puzzle-Bachs, perhaps. I had a great deal of fun with the interlocking of this, and the extra beat that kept showing up, that I was finally able to tame. Thank you for your encouragement, it has helped me a great deal here.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
Beautiful...
... choice of sounds, sounds of your own, ic42. Lovely melody. Short but sweet! :)
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
you speak of beauty...
You, the player of the guitar, whose music creates joy and awe. I am trying to learn this craft of composition, but always bow to great musicians. Thank you for listening, commenting and enjoying this, Yeman, and for offering such breathtaking music of your own too.
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Symphony101 said 3042 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
very interesting mixture
First of all, the music and how you arranged the song is lovely. The melodies and rhythm make me think of a piece of classical music (for what my knowledge is worth of classical music) but at the same time it's very "electronic", so I would think of a dance, but at the same time I feel like seeing people in Star Trek suits. I was waiting impatiently for your new post Eduard, and am rewarded for this. This is a great piece.
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Back to Bach
It is music that is a little like Bach's music, so you are correct that it is "classical" (or Baroque, a little before Classical.) But the strange 5/4 time and the synthesized voices do make it more sci-fi sounding. I think that by straddling these two styles, it may lose some of its charm, so I shall continue to work on it, and hopefully make it into something much better. This was an experiment, a first "toe in the water" to try some things I wasn't sure I could do. Thank you for the encouragement Yves, so I shall continue to improve it!
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Reinholt56 said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Hi ic42.....
This is a very enjoyable listen. It is perfect as it is, but something different is always welcome from my point of view, and a Drakonified version would sit nicely in its place on the moving escalator of music here at Macjams.

I think that Dave Brubeck would most certaily enjoy this modern day fugette.

Take care.

Paul
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
many ways to skin Schrodinger's cat
Thank you, as always Paul, for your praise for what is, and nod to what could be. I hope to get time to pursue extending this and, despite its extra beat, making it more tradititional sounding. I did think of Brubeck's wonderful signature treatment of 5/4 time, and instead, I "took my own 5" baroque path instead. 1-Watch 2-this 3-space 4-for 5-more.
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davajonah said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Wendy
Carlos-esque. Very cool indeed.
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Wendy on my mind
Grew up with dear Mz Carlos, and I often try to capture his/her whimsical Moog sounds by twiddling knobs on the Garageband synths, as you hear here. I have a long way to go, but am glad to know it caught your ear. Ah, I see I have missed some of your new music, I must return the favor!
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alackbass said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
Traditional & Modern
A nice blend of traditional harmonic and melodic ideas with modern synth tones. This flows so well I didn't even notice the meter as being odd. Pieces like this always make me wonder what the masters (Bach, Mozart, Chopin) would have done with our modern music making technology.
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ic42 said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
sneaky beats
I would be surprised if I could sneak an extra beat past you, Andrew.

I cannot imagine what the masters could have accomplished with these tools, we would likely have so much more music of theirs... unless they stored it on floppy disks instead of parchment, in which case maybe we would have NONE of it now. :-) I wonder if anyone will be able to decipher OUR music in 500 years, off old backup DVDs?

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sonnyjim said 3042 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
The artificiality
of the sounds makes this one for me, especially those low blurping sounds. I will definitely keep an eye out for the warmer, 'organic' version, but this particular take is all of a piece: plastoid and simultaneously goofy and vaguely menacing.
Much enjoyed.


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ic42 said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
menacing blurps
I must admit that I enjoyed concocting a bubbling test tube tempest of synthesized blurpiness here to obscure the baroque nature of the music... and so I am glad that you enjoyed the knob-twiddling work that went into the sound modeling. I was going for more smirky sounds, but the slow plodding pace, the replacement of the bass drum with the "blurp", and the low droning strings do temper the humor with a bit of seeming malevolence. This ambivalence is not everyone's cup of tea. When I do extract this from the lab and make it fit for orchestral ears, the tempo will double, the development section will actually develop, and the choice of instruments will be more... traditional :-) But this was a first foray into five-ways. Thank you for listening, commenting, and enjoying.
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davisamerica said 3041 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
oh no u don't.....
well...yes u did...wow ...ic42 5/4 ...i only go to 11. a fan still
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ic42 said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
must find the 11 knob
Did you know that "11" (in binary) is "3" in decimal, and 3 is on of my favorite numbers. And numbers make the world go round. I will continue to play with this number, and am always happy to know you enjoy my work, as I enjoy yours.
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magnatone said 3041 days ago (May 23rd, 2010)
5/4
well this is very cool mr. 42! i love fugues, they're like a big puzzle, plus you added the complexity of 5/4, which more or less makes my ears glaze over. very impressive!
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ic42 said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
glaze into my eyes...
yes, this was a big puzzle, and parts of it are still puzzling. However, I will use this as a basis to extend and hopefully increase the pleasure of this piece. Thank you, as always for offering your comments, and your glorious music here.
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PaulaMunk said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
I pictured
tiny red, green, blue, indigo and violet lights in the sky performing a dance. White is all light so when they come together it is blinding. They are fugue-gitives from a rainbow and bring a smile. What a sweet piece to listen to. Thanks. :)
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ic42 said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
color me impressed
"fugue-gitives" brought me an instant smile, as I am sure you would guess, brava! Now I know whom to go to when I need a light. Thank you for dancing the light fantastic here.
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tokai said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
Drak
cool timing and inventive tune. Sweetly done and different, but then you are good at that sort of thing. Crit is it is too short and the drums could do with a bit more body.
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ic42 said 3039 days ago (May 26th, 2010)
lifeless drums
Hello Steve,
Yes, I agree the drums are weak... I had EQed the snare to sound thin, as if it were a toy drum, and added some flange to the hi hats, which thins them too. On hindsight, this is a bit weighed down with special effects and strange voices, instead of me spending time on extending it and beefing it up... so yes, very valid critique, and one that I intend to fix. Hopefully, when I get some time again, I'll be making this longer, and making it a traditional orchestral piece. Thank you for listening and offering your thoughts on what works and doesn't. I love receiving this kind of information!
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TracyVosh said 3041 days ago (May 24th, 2010)
5/4 3/2 and 1!
This turned out fantastic Eduard. I just love the tippy-toe marching beat in here....kind of taking me on a voyage far, far away. It's stunning!
ic42 said 3039 days ago (May 26th, 2010)
it is a good start (12345)
Thank you for your attentive listens and suggestions. It helped keep me on track, and it certainly was fun. I look forward to your new wiggly piece of musical jello soon too. I think everyone will really enjoy it. Hurry up and add those sound effects! :-)
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Narad said 3040 days ago (May 25th, 2010)
Tempis Fuguettes
Funny composition for a serious theme !
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ic42 said 3039 days ago (May 26th, 2010)
5/4 with a smile
It is rather humorous, true. However this was just an experiment, a nascent snippet. Now that I have figured out the puzzle pieces here, I can work on making it 100% serious. Wish me luck, Harald. And thank you for your grand musical compositions. They open my mind.
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Sigmund said 3040 days ago (May 25th, 2010)
5 4 all
Hey Eduard - this kind of reminds me of some of the older video game soundtracks - one in particular comes to mind - you would travel around in this haunted house encountering all sorts of weird and frightful creatures - but I can't remember what it was called (duh). There is a sort of macabre sense to this, and although that may not be your intention I think this could fit into a horror movie - but it would have to be one of those weird ones like they used to put out in the 70's. Working with 5/4 is no cake walk either - you did a nice job here - enjoyed the listen - thanks!
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ic42 said 3039 days ago (May 26th, 2010)
haunted house of the rising sun?
I played very few video games, strangely (though I helped write a few) so I'll likely not know your reference. But I do remember some of the music often being very baroque, and thinking that was unusual, but fun. I think some of the voices I used gave it a dark twist, which wasn't my initial intent, but once it began down that road, I admit to nudging it along a bit. It has taken me a year of building up to trying 5/4, so thank you for listening and offering that it turned out OK. Now to polish off the rough edges, and re-cast it as a real orchestral piece. Tune in next year... :-)
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telo12 said 3039 days ago (May 26th, 2010)
5 4 all - Tempis Fuguettes
From my point of view ,it's very innovative piece this 5/4 is so interesting to try ,it gives a oriental feel. Drakonis I see you are a person with lots of musical knowledge ,I'm glad I found you.I may have many things to learn from you. Thanks
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ic42 said 3039 days ago (May 26th, 2010)
such kind words
I love to learn these things, and I am teaching myself... but I too am learning from other Macjams artists. And if I have anything that you can learn from, I will be overjoyed. Thank you for bringing your wonderful musical talent to Macjams.
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ConnieO said 3034 days ago (May 31st, 2010)
5/4
Mechanical marioneete (Maria Antoinette!) dancers circling, pausing, coming together and going apart in all their finery!
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ic42 said 3028 days ago (June 6th, 2010)
you finery arrived
it is always nice to see you dance in here, in your finery, especially if the music gives way to dance. Thank you for the sweet imagery.
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jdholliday said 3027 days ago (June 6th, 2010)
wow!
I don't have that place in my brain where I could even imagine being able to do this, I'll tell you what, you're either a genius or a mad scientist! very cool!
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ic42 said 3027 days ago (June 6th, 2010)
12345
I do aspire to be both of those at times. But what I know about music I have simply been learning from other geniuses and mad scientists here. Thank you for being part of that inspiration here, and listening and commenting on my music. I appreciate your words a great deal.
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awigze said 3027 days ago (June 6th, 2010)
5/4
should be more prevalent. afterall , we have five fingers. a fav!
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ic42 said 3027 days ago (June 6th, 2010)
shouldn't it be more prevalent?
I don't see why not. I agree, and it's fun. However, other things are hard. For example, five word sentences. I will stop that now. :-) Thank you Andy, I can always count on you.
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awigze said 3027 days ago (June 7th, 2010)
5fo
just make sure you count really slowly
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867-5309 said 3026 days ago (June 8th, 2010)
togetherness
I like this synthesizer patch . . .
a lot seemed to be involved in putting this one together . . . a well-constructed piece . . . gathering many elements and mixing them just right . . . .
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ic42 said 3025 days ago (June 8th, 2010)
learning many things, bit by byte
there are so many sparkly things to learn about music, synthesizers, mixing... I cannot understand how anyone could be bored on this earth. Thank you for listening attentively, I do enjoy tinkering with the envelopes and timbres of the synths to get things just squeaky-right. And then trying 5/4 time has been a year-long self-imposed challenge, but I am getting there now. I appreciate you stopping by and offering encouragement, Scott... many thanks!
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kassia said 3024 days ago (June 10th, 2010)
i've discovered
that i'm a big fan of 5/4. maybe i'm a long lost relative of secret identity. well you know i like this a lot. your sound choices blend well together and create a comprehensive atmosphere. i especially love that very low bassoony one. nice fuginess!
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ic42 said 3005 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
glad you could IDENTIFY
The low bassoony bloop was almost an accident of twiddling filter knobs, and once I got it to sound like that, I had to keep it... glad you liked it. Push push push... I keep pushing myself to learn this stuff.
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Diviner said 3014 days ago (June 20th, 2010)
Electronic Baroque
A pleasant piece. I don't know about My Fake Identity but it certainly put a smile on my face.
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ic42 said 3007 days ago (June 26th, 2010)
smile is a five letter word
there are many five letter words, but there are never enough smiles in this world. It is good to see yours.
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edwarke said 3005 days ago (June 28th, 2010)
5/4
I would say that the title focuses on 5/4 more than the music because there isn't an identifiable 5/4 melodic or rhythmic motif established. It's just as easy to count many other time signatures during the piece - my personal preference is to give the listener "hooks" so they know when the phrases begin. However I don't think it would take much to delineate more clear patterns. My opinion is it's a real good start.
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ic42 said 3005 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
Great critique
Yes, this is a helpful observation... and perhaps my push to create a fugue-able (1/4-note) melody made it less identifiable as a hummable 5/4 riff. Thank you for listening and offering ideas on improvement, that is always welcome in my book.
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bud said 3005 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
Gentle playfullness
and some really nice early moog tones - a little Wendy Carlos influence I'm hearing. Very well structured and mixed - entertaining and intriguing too.
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ic42 said 3005 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
wending her way into my music
Oh yes, Switched on Bach has always been a big influence... and it's great fun to finally have some knobs (albeit software) to twiddle to start approaching those fun filters and envelopes of sound. Glad you liked the overall mix and structure... so much to learn here, thank you for listening to my journey!
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