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Musical Adventure-Overtones

piano stingsSo I’ve begun my new musical adventure as a music student at university, I’m very excited to share my new discoveries with you. This week in my classical theory class we talked about overtones. I had never heard of the term before but the concept is quite exciting. A certain pitch is created by something vibrating so fast we perceive it as one note e.g piano strings. But because of this the vibrations produce overtones which means there are different notes within one single note!! My teacher demonstrated this by playing on a piano, a G on the top of the bass clef staff allowing us to get the pitch into our heads then he proceeded to play a C below the bass clef staff and when you let the note ring out you could hear the G in the C! My mind was blown.

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Murder to a Jazz Beat and tainted reeds

J.B Fletcher

J.B Fletcher

My favourite genre of fiction is crime fiction, I love murder mysteries and how the detectives solve the case. This afternoon I was watching the classic TV series Murder, She Wrote and came across an episode titled, “Murder to a Jazz Beat”. The episode was set in New Orleans, a perfect place to set a Jazz orientated mystery, however I wasn’t very satisfied with the way J.B Fletcher came to her conclusions about the killer [SPOILER ALERT]. The jazz musician was allegedly killed via a poisoned clarinet reed. Jessica came to this conclusion as upon seeing the reed after the death and it was spotless. She claimed that as the musician had drunk black coffee immediately before playing the reed should have been stained ergo the killer switched the poisoned reed with a clean one. This solution presented some trouble for me.

First of all it would be fairly easy to taint a reed but I wonder how much poison could actually be administered from something as tiny as a clarinet reed? Not much unless the poison was so strong it could kill on brief contact. It would be more plausible for example if the player had sucked on the reed first to moisten it but the clarinet, reed already attached, was handed to the player (who usually played tenor sax) whom then sipped some coffee instead. It would be smarter to taint one of his tenor sax reeds, which are much bigger and therefore need more moisture, or to poison the actual mouthpiece.

Secondly being a reed player myself I know that wind players try to avoid foods and drinks that could get into the instrument, creating sticky pads or ruining good reeds, for example. Most people just drink water before hand. However even he had drunk coffee beforehand I doubt if it would have dramatically stained the reed, not unless he actually still had liquid in his mouth, something an experience musician would not do.

Sorry Jessica but I don’t agree with you on this one.

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A ca-cuse me?

Ever since my friend Booklovers1 made me watch Pitch Perfect, I’ve become a little obsessed with A Cappella. Literally translated A Cappella is an Italian term meaning “in the manner of the Church”, but essentially means it is group or solo singing without instrumental backup. This has lead to people being insanely creative with their voices to make new sounds. For example many modern day A Cappella groups include a vocal percussionist, someone who makes almost beat boxing type sounds to create rhythmic interest. Others like to imitate sounds of instruments such as trumpets and drums, opening up a whole lot of possibilities.
My three favourite A Cappella groups at the moment are;

  • The Idea of North
  • Pentatonix
  • VoicePlay


The above video is a sing off between VoicePlay and the country A Cappella group Home Free, while dressed as Zombies and Hillbillies respectively. This video highlights that in the wacky world of A Cappella you’ll never hear, or see, anything so unique.

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Australia’s Unofficial Entry into Eurovision, Diamond Heist=COMPLETE

Drum roll please here is the final copy of Diamond heist and the lyrics!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, a special thanks to my youth pastor who helped me fix my recording problems and agreed to sing it even though I made the melody difficult to sing 😛

Now please share it!!!
We have less than 24 hours to show Eurovision this, please share this either by the blog link or by sharing the soundcloud file on twitter or Eurovision’s official facebook page with the #MyEurovisionIdea

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AUEE-Recording update, sad news

The recording equipment I was using has died again, by the time we can get it fixed I won’t be in time to send it in to Eurovision as an idea for their Interval act. I will still pursue this project when the equipment is back up, might as well record it now but no Eurovision dreams this year.

*EDIT* It is going ahead, I repeat it is going ahead!! Stay tuned for my upcoming post!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AUEE-Recording Update 1, stumbling block

Today I spent a long day with my two singers, working on getting the melody right then recording the first verse and harmony. After they left I attempted to record my dad playing his bass ukulele (sounds like a double bass but it’s portable), unfortunately couldn’t get that to work. I sent the wrong music to my pianist, sorry booklovers1!! Then recorded my two sax tracks. I left to go home and eat dinner, came back and the computer had completely wiped all my newly created files. I lost hours of my work and have to start the recording from scratch. Scary as Eurovision isn’t accepting suggestions after the 31st of January. Even more scary that I found someone who knows what they’re doing and agreed to mix the final track but I need to get it to them on Monday evening.
The other main issue is that I have know idea how to mix drum and electronic sounds into it, I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials etc. and mucking around with it but so far things aren’t good….
On the plus side my singers sound amazing even though I made the vocal line quite complex, my dad can play the bass line and my sax parts sounded pretty cool.
Massive learning curve!!

At this stage this project of ours could go either way, but I’m spending all my time on it and I’m praying for the best 🙂

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AUEE-Music update 6

I’ve added verse 2&3 melody added, intro added and variation in the bass line on the second time through the bridge. I also tried to turn everything down so you can hear the voice… The parts where it seems like nothing is really happening or building I’m hoping to fill with singers and drum stuff. Please give feedback 🙂

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AUEE- Lyric Update 6 Completed!!

After I posted my last update I was totally inspired with the next verse (thank you God for hearing my prayer), and decided that verse 3 would be a mash up of verse 1 & 2! That means our lyrics are completed!!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s shut up in a vault*, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s shut up in a vault*, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

*the only problem with this line is it’s a bit wordy, if you have an alternative let me know 🙂

 

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AUEE-Music Update 5 bridge, stucture, voice

The really bad sounding keyboard thing is meant to be a voice and since my computer can’t sing lyrics that’s the best it can do. Because of this the voice kind of blends into the back which is hopefully not what it will do. I got it in the structure of verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus. I just want to get the lyrics in now then I will tweak the arrangement a little, and hopefully add little transitional pieces in between sections.
Please check out my lyric update 5 and help me if you can 🙂

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AUEE-Lyric update 5 bridge

Ok so no we have a chorus, verse and bridge!! All we need lyrics wise now is two more verses… to be totally honest stressing a little over lyrics, their not really my forte. I’m going to attempt to write the next two but am praying for a lyric miracle. Here is what we have so far:

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

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