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Piano Study No. 3 "Blocks"

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Another experimental composition seeing once again the effects of repetition, but this time focusing also on dynamics and how one can forge a seeming melody out of the same notes repeated over and over... and over and over...

Titled "Blocks" because I imagine big blocks of sound repeatedly hitting the ear. Not to anyone's detriment, of course.

This particular study is in a series of four studies where I explore minimalist composition, hopefully to some benefit of my composing technique (I've liked what I've made so far). The first study was a failure, so I uploaded Study 2 first. Here's 3.

I realize that not a whole lot of people will like this. It's hard to like in some respects. However, I implore you to rate fairly, and leave a review, as that would be greatly appreciated.

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When I post in the advert thread, I make it a point to review the two people above me in the thread. I always end up reviewing something strange. haha.
Ok, Not strange. Your explanation is perfectly fine. I just not sure what to say.

I think I'm very happy that you hit all the chords and notes properly, and didn't punish a listener that way. So that helps me understand what you may have been trying to do here. haha. Anyways, seeing as your explanation fits the bill perfectly, I can't see any reason why I can't also give you a 10 and 5. :D

Current Score

3.82 / 5.00 (+ 0.57)

I also experimented with the groove I could get out of one note. Different rhythms, but one note. I would love your opinion on it. Its called "A One Note Song That Kicks Ass" haha.
Anyways, Piano sounds great.


Drummer here. Can't say much for the melody because it really skips over my head but I'll try...

The dynamics are great. I love em! Great changes.

I'm a hypocrite for saying it but play around with those rhythms. It would have been nice to of had a rest from all that action. Maybe try holding things legato for just a little longer? There's plenty of change but perhaps less would be more in certain areas. Dunno...

I'm not sure if this is digital or live but if it was digital add some more instruments in there. If not through out the piece than at least in strategic places. If it's live... why not try throwing in some digital instruments? It might be worth playing around with :P

Regardless of what the kids think, I love it man. Keep in mind that music can be just as subjective as art so when it comes right down to it, any thing I left you with is just an opinion. Meow :3

EmperorCharlemagne responds:

Regardless of what artists may say about doing it for themselves and stuff like that, everyone loves to hear another opinion, and for that, I thank you very much.

I originally wrote the piece on staff paper for piano, and to tell the truth, -this- production never had me pondering the use of different instruments. However, if I ever decided to produce this 'professionally' so to speak, just about any instruments could work. This song would work so beautifully a capella, I think.

"Less is more"... That's an interesting thought, one I have to consider a great deal. I thought the song was pretty bare bones, but I might be wrong.

Again, thanks for the review and opinions!

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Jun 30, 2009
4:06 PM EDT
File Info
5.2 MB
2 min 16 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.