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Feb
2
comment What is *cuivre* for a trumpet
The question is more about what is it, or maybe how is it actually done in the instrument. It is a different question what sound am I hearing than what is producing that sound.
Feb
1
comment What is *cuivre* for a trumpet
I am using Sibelius7. Could it be that instruments are sometimes made with different types of brass (changing the proportion of copper) and somehow they are trying to model the change in the sound? Just guessing.
Jun
14
comment Beatles - Because: Chord progression
@Read. I once read that in ancient China they would make a temple with all columns identical and one upside down. The idea is that having a clear symmetry slightly broken is more pleasant than perfect symmetry. In the same way, it is pleasant to have chaos or apparent chaos in which a symmetry is barely seen. It is a general aesthetic principle that works in all forms of art.
Jun
12
comment Effects of practicing on electronic piano
OK, I just bought a Korg SP-250. Let's see what she says about it when it arrives. She said she had tried a Casio CDP120CS and was 'ok'. The Korg seems to be nicer, smaller, and lighter than the Casio, so I guess it should be fine. Thanks.
Jun
11
comment Effects of practicing on electronic piano
I had the idea that maybe with an electronic keyboard I can save in space and weight a little for not having the strings and the hammer mechanism. I was comparing Yamahas b3 (an upright piano), and the DGX-340 (an electronic one with weighted keys). A little bit is saved.
Jun
11
comment Effects of practicing on electronic piano
I think the size of the full keyboard is fine, plus perhaps the stand. I was thinking in saving on the space and weight of the strings (are they called strings?). I thought a vertical piano would have the depth of the keyboard plus the case in which the strings and the mechanism are. Today I saw the Yamaha DGX-640. I think that size might be fine.
Jun
11
comment Effects of practicing on electronic piano
@Witthoft. I took a look at Yamaha's hybrid pianos NU1 that seem to be what you are saying, the hammer mechanism on an electronic piano, but they are too big for her appartment. I think. Maybe it is better to get a bigger apartment and then get the NU1 directly instead of a smaller and perhaps lower quality piano. I wanted to know if smaller electronic pianos exist with the feel of a mechanical piano.
Jun
11
comment Iannis Xenakis' Artistic Aesthetic and Public Perception
It is true there are a few people outside, but if you look carefully you can see there is some public among the musicians. For example at 1:01 you can see them.
Jun
2
comment Iannis Xenakis' Artistic Aesthetic and Public Perception
Another request he could have made that is not very specific to the musicians performing the piece could be if Xenakis asks certain composition to be listened while looking at certain painting, or some sculpture, any other form of art going beyond the music. It might probably be interesting if examples are given from other composers but I was interested specifically if Xenakis did this sort of requests. I went recently to a conference about Xenakis and Math but didn't get to ask this question to the experts on Xenakis. (A not-musician-mathematician -->)
Jun
2
comment Iannis Xenakis' Artistic Aesthetic and Public Perception
In my question I intended to make some emphasis in Xenakis' expectations as how the public consumes some of his compositions. In Terrektorh he expects the public to be around the musicians but ultimately it can be seen as a request for the musicians to be inside the public. Incidentally the public will be around the musicians. I would be interested to see if he made some demands or suggestions that are specific to how the public should consume some music of his. I don't remember if I gave some ridiculous example, like ask the public tolisten tothismusicwhiletakingbreakfast,orsomethinglikethat.
Mar
10
comment What factors affect the loudness of a drum?
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America / Volume 5 / Issue 2 Next Article Loudness, Its Definition, Measurement and Calculation J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 5, Issue 2, pp. 82-108 (1933); (27 pages) Harvey Fletcher and W. A. Munson, There is can be seen how ridiculous is the statement "The loudness is the amplitude of the vibration by the way."
Mar
9
comment Orchestration and painting evenly over the spectrum
Interesting. In Berlioz's example there is a moment in which some brass instrument plays low and a flute plays some high notes. Nothing else is playing. So, I suppose that would be a gap. On the other hand, the sound has 'depth'. I will add an analogy with painting that came to my mind right now. Maybe that conveys better the quality of the sound I mean.
Mar
6
comment Difference between dissonance and clashing notes
Dissonance between two notes can be defined as a property of the sound. I don't know how, but it is not completely clear to me that the same cannot be done for larger number of simultaneous notes. How consonance and dissonance are interpreted as pleasant or not, for example, is a different story.
Feb
15
comment How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
Count means beat?
Feb
14
comment What factors affect the loudness of a drum?
Loudness is a subjective property. Therefore it not only depends on the drum, and the player (which was already said) but also on the listener.
Feb
12
comment Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?
It gives an example that the idea has been considered acceptable by a renowned musician. It also explains what you achieve with it. You not only get a bit more volume but also, because of the different physical properties of the strings and the millimetric inaccuracies of the position of the finger you get extra little harmonics when the two waves get added together.
Feb
8
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
It is more like this kind of music (youtube.com/user/franklinvp?feature=mhee). Not really songs, but it could be songs some time. But it is good. First time I hear about this instrument.
Feb
8
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
I might have used incorrect terminology. By 12th interval above I meant playing simultaneously two notes that are too far apart for a single hand.
Feb
8
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
There is a difference between learning about an instrument and learning to play it. Playing an instrument involves knowledge about the instrument but also physical dexterity. The latter is obtaining by practicing and practicing only. It is a reality that older brains tend to become less capable of assimilating new knowledge. Specially knowledge that can't be or shouldn't be rationalized. You can rationalize knowledge about an instrument, why one hand can't play a 12th interval in a piano for example. The knowledge involved for a hand playing quickly scales is of a different nature.
Feb
8
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
This is a very good point. I feel this when composing in Sibelius. It is more rigid than when I fool around with some friends' keyboards. In Sibelius you can input notes using the keyboard of the computer, A,B,C,D... but since accidentals require more key combinations they are only added a posteriori.