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For an amateur theatre, we need a track that is played live and loops in the background while all crew are presented. The track should end soon after the presentation, and it is not known how long the presentation takes. How can such a track be created without being too boring.

  • A long track may contain more variation, but needs more time if it needs to end at a complete cycle
  • A short track can stop anywhere, but may be too repetitive.

Would a short chord progression with changing melodies do the trick?

Edit:

From the comments, I realize that I did not emphased that the music is going to be played live, by living musicians. So there is no stop button.

  • Can't you just make the track long enough and then fade it live when the presentation is done? – Meaningful Username Mar 6 '15 at 19:01
  • @MeaningfulUsername Fade-out does not count. It should work without any sound engineering. – user877329 Mar 6 '15 at 19:03
  • Sounds tricky. How to ensure that the presentation is always done within the same time span? There's really no one that can turn a knob or change a track at this point in time? – Meaningful Username Mar 6 '15 at 19:05
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    Old technology, but a 'portable keyboard' playing a music style could do this - you can hit the 'ending' button at any point to generate a true end-point. Would need a player, playing & watching for a cue. – Tetsujin Mar 6 '15 at 19:59
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    @MeaningfulUsername - I have to admit I used to make those things for a living, back in the 90s ;) – Tetsujin Mar 7 '15 at 10:21
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A long loop for variety and a short coda section for ending. When the presentation ends, musicians break into the coda. Done properly must work. Any professional musician can create that (I can)

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