Earworms

Nov. 14th, 2008 01:01 pm
tcepsa: (JuggleGeese)
The only problem with learning to play an awesome song like The Wind That Shakes The Barley (the fast version) is that it has been on short loop in my brain all morning. When I say short loop, I mean that it would probably take even me (I'm still relatively slow) about 30 seconds to get through the whole thing without any repeats, and the first half or so is really good at splicing its ends together and just going and going and going.

For those of you who either enjoy such loops, and those of you for whom getting stuck with the earworm is an acceptable price to pay for satisfying your curiosity, here's a version that I particularly enjoy ^_^
tcepsa: (I'll fix it!)
ViolinWithShoulderRest >= 1000 * ViolinWithoutShoulderRest

And all that time I figured I was just doing something wrong by not being able to hold the violin up without my hands. Apparently what I was doing wrong was trying to make that work without a shoulder rest ^_^

Long neck is looooong.
tcepsa: (iSquared)
Rasputina doing the music from Kraid's Area in the original Metroid
tcepsa: (iSquared)
I have begun combining my love of (and desire to become better at) music with my computer geekery and developed a Java application that turns any standard 101-key keyboard into a MIDI musical keyboard (actually, I should double-check that...especially since I use certain keys such as '\' that aren't always in the same place).

For those of you who are familiar with Tracking, this uses a slightly different layout (though similar concept) for the keyboard arrangement. Instead of starting with C4 at 'z', I put it at 'v'. This results in the overall range of the keyboard being from F#3 (assigned to 'a') up to A6 (assigned to '\') and also means that I can play certain songs where they were written to be played, instead of having to transpose up an octave to get at all the notes.

As an example, here's how to play a slightly simplified arrangement of Ashokan Farewell in the key of D (with spaces to approximate most of the sustained notes ~grin~):
.2w 2/.k nk, knbcb cxbk.w55t5e .2w 2/.k nk, knbcb cxbk.w5.2ew k,. kbw ./2w.k nk nbc zx . knbk.q w/ 2w.k bxbk.w knbgb

And, as a bonus, here's Simple Gifts:
bb, ,./, /qw wq/ .,. . . , ./.,b b ,k,./ ../qw q/. ../ /., ,., w / ./q/., ./ /qw q/. ./. b, , ././qw q/. . / / ., , ,

And further extra super bonus, here's Prologue from some of the early Final Fantasy games:
b,.bq /.,k,.,,k n./nw q/.l/.n/. b,.bq /.,k,.,,k n./nw q/.l/.n/. e ew /qq/.l./qw r re qw w3w w3wq/.

(Oh wow... these are so much easier to read than notes on a staff... too bad there's no good way to indicate length of note this way ~wry~ Then again, I've spent a lot more time doing things involving sight reading text--even with weird punctuation--into a computer keyboard than I have involving sight reading music into an instrument, so it's not terribly surprising that it is easier (though I am still a little surprised at the degree to which it is easier...))

... and I should probably actually figure out some way to post the program, so if someone who reads this wants to actually try it they can ^_^
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Go to http://www.musicOutfitters.com. In the Search box, enter the year you graduated high school. The first item returned should be the 100 songs from that year. Cut and paste them into your journal. Bold the ones you like a lot. Underline your favorite. Strike through the songs you loathe. Put an "?" after the ones you've never heard of.

My many and varied musical favorites of the top 100 from 1999 )

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