Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven

December 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Video | Leave a comment
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Popularly known as the “Moonlight Sonata” (Wikipedia article here)

I adapted the score for classical guitar, transposing from C# minor to E minor. Only the first five bars are played, and then repeated. Seven tracks were recorded, each one containing from one to four triplets, and assembled together in GarageBand. An eighth track added the bass notes.

The video features my two cats, Eowyn and Gizmo. It was inspired by Riftgirl’s “The Politics of P” video.



“Für Elise’ – Beethoven’ Bagatelle in A Minor: A Novel Arrangement

September 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Video | 2 Comments
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(From Wikipedia)

Beethoven scholars are not entirely certain who “Elise” was. The most reasonable theory is that Beethoven originally titled his work “Für Therese”, Therese being Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza (1792-1851), whom Beethoven intended to marry in 1810 and was also one of his students. However, she declined Beethoven’s proposal. In 1816 Therese, who was the daughter of the Viennese merchant Jacob Malfatti von Rohrenbach (1769-1829), married the Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von DroƟdik (1771-1859)[1] Another theory is that ‘Elise’ was used to describe a sweetheart during Beethoven’s time. If this is true, then the piece is dedicated to sweethearts in general, with no specific person in mind. However this theory is unlikely because it doesn’t fit well with Beethoven’s composing and dedication history. When the work was published in 1865, the discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, mistranscribed the illegible title as “Für Elise”. The autograph is lost.

Recorded September 1, 2008.
Uploaded to YouTube September 1, 2008

No cats were harmed in the making of this video. A single unidentified insect may have met its demise, however.

GarageBand Information
Track 1: Software Instrument – Flute – melody
Track 2: Software Instrument – Orchestral Strings – harmony
Track 3: Software Instrument – Grand Piano – counterpoint
Master Track: Tempo 120 bpm, Time 4/4, Key A minor
Export settings – Video Podcast presets
LG enV2 Video Capture Information
Resolution 320×240
iMovie Information
Single video clip, split into five
2 second overlap transitions between clips

Hushabye Mountain – Instrumental

May 23, 2008 at 11:53 am | Posted in Video | Leave a comment
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(From Wikipedia)

“Hushabye Mountain” is a popular ballad which appears in the 1968 Cubby Broccoli motion picture, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In the motion picture it is sung twice, first as an idyllic lullaby by Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) to his children. It is then reprised later in the film when the children of Vulgaria have lost all hope of salvation. The song is also featured prominently in the 2002 and 2005 stage musical versions.

Other Uses

The song has been covered by Tony Bennett, Bobbie Gentry and more recently by child star Dakota Fanning in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 release of War of the Worlds. David Gilmour from Pink Floyd performed the song at his 2001-2 semi-acoustic solo performances, as captured on the David Gilmour in Concert DVD. The song was written by the prolific brother songwriting team, Robert and Richard Sherman. Stacey Kent sings this song on her album Dreamsville.

Recorded May 21, 2008.
Originally uploaded to YouTube May 22, 2008, reuploaded July 12, 2008 – link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcZhep9yr-c

GarageBand Information
Track 1: Software Instrument – Orchestral Strings – harmony
Track 2: Software Instrument – Classical Acoustic Guitar – melody
Track 3: Real Instrument – Acoustic Guitar with Acoustic Guitar Echoes added – counterpoint
Master Track: Tempo 100 bpm, Time 3/4, Key A minor
PhotoBooth Information
All taken using built-in Macbook iSight, Sepia filter. The last image was achieved by balancing the Macbook precariously on the top of a bedside cabinet – it actually fell on my head initially…
Quicktime Broadcast Information
Set as ‘Record to disk’
Width 320, Height 240
MPEG-4 Video compressions
Best Quality
15 fps
Key frame every 75 frames
Network transmission address (localhost)
iMovie Information
3 still images, 8 video clips
2 second overlap transitions between clips
Audio track – 34 second .m4a format repeated three times
Export settings – to Quicktime, Expert settings, LAN/Intranet

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