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Maurice Ravel - Sonatine - I
Now you can download the mp3 and listen to what Julie has been putting up with for 3 months. After all that practice I can play the entire first movement from memory. All 1,787 notes... yet only 4 pages of music. The next two pieces are 10 pages together. Don't look for them any time soon. Progress is slow. Download it! Listen to it! Tell me what you think.

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Current Music: Jarrett Heather - Maurice Ravel - Sonatine - I

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From: southernbelleca Date: January 26th, 2001 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)



I think that is absolutely beautiful!! I just finished playing it and WOW!!

Will you post more? Did I understand that you wrote this?

jarrett From: jarrett Date: January 26th, 2001 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Beautiful

No no no... I performed it. I didn't write it. It was written in 1905 by French composer Maurice Ravel.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: January 26th, 2001 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Beautiful

Oh, and thank you :) ... I'll post more in the near future.
From: southernbelleca Date: January 26th, 2001 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Beautiful

Well I hope you don't mind.. I sent my instructor to my online 1306 music appreciation the piece you posted and will tell ya what he thinks.
He is a Concert pianist conducting in Chile this year and teaching one of my classes for college at the same time..
I am the future wife of a Band director and I love music and would love to hear more from you..
lizvang From: lizvang Date: January 26th, 2001 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I like it and it's very nice...
From: ex_hoot778 Date: January 26th, 2001 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Incredible, you put a lot of fealing into it. It gave me chills and not much does that.
What do you use to record? My wife has a digital piano but it is one of the lower models and doesn't have native recording capability. I've tried just using the midi port to my computer but midi looses way too much. I was thinking of buying her either a four track cassette recorder or one of the digital recorders and just plug in using the phono jacks from the piano. Have you used either? You get great sound in your recordings and I just have to know how you do it.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: January 26th, 2001 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I wasn't really thrilled with the quality of the recording. Piano music is so dynamic it's hard to get it at a good volume level. But thanks!

I start by making a MIDI recording of the music. I have an 81-key controller (a controller is like a keyboard that doesn't make sound, only MIDI) which plugs into my PC MIDI in. Then the PC MIDI out goes to my synthesizer. So as I play on the controller, the computer records every note, while also sending it on the the synth, which turns it into sound.

Working in MIDI at this stage is important, because I can do multiple takes and splice together the parts that sound the best from each take. I use Cakewalk Pro Audio for MIDI editing. The final Ravel is a mix of about 5 individual performances.

When I'm happy with how it sounds, I turn it into a wav file.

The audio out on the synth (two 1/4" phono plugs) goes to the line-in on my sound card (Creative Labs Soundblaster LIVE! Platinum). This is the only analog step in the whole digital process. I tell the computer to do a MIDI playback and a WAV record at the same time. So, the computer sends MIDI out to the synth, get's back sound, and writes the sound to the hard drive. Then I tweak the volume a little and encode it into an mp3.

So, as I press a key on the controller, it goes from controller to PC, PC to Synth, Synth to PC, PC to reciever, and finally, reciever to loudspeakers. Yikes! It's amazing that it works at all.

You and the wife have an open invitation to join us for dinner sometime. I'd be happy to show you how it all works.
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