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Number 11 from September '16 consists of one piece of midi playing a fairly simple series of notes which I had scribbled down sometime in the past and recently rediscovered. After creating this midi region, and because I couldn't think of anything else to do with it, I repeated it three times with a couple of bars of space between each. This first track was assigned to the toy piano. The whole track was duplicated four more times with the regions being offset to the right by two bars each time (see image, if it shows up) and assigned to different instruments: Bondi Breath GB synth, a Boldt Sitar, an Alchemy choir, and a Boldt Clavinova Panflute. Several of the regions have been lowered by 1 or 2 octaves for tonal variety.
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Franciscus_Henri said 930 days ago (February 27th, 2017)
love it....
you find some scribble you'd forgotten its like finding an old friend. "I just don't understand it" was a forty year old song. I like this kind of exploration. well done
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oldlibmike said 929 days ago (February 28th, 2017)
Nice variations
The bells are atonal in a good way. This adds some tension to the piece. I like evolving pieces. Nicely done!
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Doug Somers said 928 days ago (March 1st, 2017)
Lotus Canon
Kind of an algorithmic round then. An interesting way to assemble something fresh without being note-by-note intentional about it.


I wonder what effect you'd have if you used a bell tone from Alchemy which had a little more verb and tonal character than the dry toy piano. Still percussive attacks on the notes though.

Anyway, enjoyed this one Richard!
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Bob Rodgers said 928 days ago (March 1st, 2017)
like all the different variations, bell tones are always a good sound, so many different tones and sounds here that you have mixed together very well.
Very nicely done Richard and very much enjoyed!
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Calchas said 927 days ago (March 2nd, 2017)
The bells toll
for thee Richard. And now for the rest of us as well. VERY nice! (Now I must do a piece with some bells...or at least a Glockenspiel! Thanks for the inspiration...)

Be well bro!
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PeterB7858 said 926 days ago (March 3rd, 2017)
lotus canon
Reflective but inherently joyous at the same time. Nicely put together. I wonder how many other musical pieces are out there have toy piano, sitar and pan flute sitting in? Creative and fun. Thanks, Richard.
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H3nry said 924 days ago (March 5th, 2017)
Tasty mix of simple ingredients
The algorithm (with artistic variation) works too. A bit exotic, a bit fugue-ish, and very listenable.

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Warren Smith said 923 days ago (March 6th, 2017)
Easy to listen to
The toy piano reminds me of wind chimes, which send a bit of a breeze blowing through this piece. It also bestows an East Asian sensibility. From a simple beginning springs a complex production where small variations add subtle texture.
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