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Musical Arranging Standards
By Art Reblitz

Robbie - in your post script to my Seeburg KT Special information
yesterday [990817 MMDigest], you said:

> [ I guess it's still the same old rule-of-thumb, Andrew:  adjust
> [ the instrument to give the sound you enjoy when playing the songs
> [ you enjoy.  Music rolls don't always adhere to a musical arranging
> [ standard, and neither do the instruments.  Fun, huh!  :-)

What rule of thumb?  Other than the G/4X multiplexing, what rolls don't
adhere to a strict musical arranging standard?

Art Reblitz

 [ My rule of thumb is "adjust it so it sounds good."  Besides the
 [ idiosyncrasies of reproducing pianos, I am thinking of orchestrions
 [ and rolls which fail to operate the drum beaters as the noteur
 [ obviously intended in the music roll.  For example, the bass drum
 [ strikes too late or too early, or the tone (damping) of the drum
 [ doesn't match the musical style.
 [ Neither the builder (or rebuilder) of the instrument, nor the noteur,
 [ is to blame for the problem.  We assume that the music roll and the
 [ instrument operated correctly when they left the factory together.
 [ But the company's set-up methods and 'standards' -- which would
 [ assure that the music roll and the instrument played properly
 [ together -- were not consistent or were non-existent.  Inaccurate
 [ timing indicates lack of standards to me.
 [ Inappropriate and inaccurate percussion sounds are a pet peeve of
 [ mine; I'm pleased to see the interest in this area expressed by 11-
 [ year-old percussionist Andrew Barrett.  I know his musical family
 [ well, and I hope that Andrew may someday become a noteur, inspired
 [ by masters such as noteur Gustav Bruder and arranger/drummer
 [ P. M. Keast !
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Wed 18 Aug 1999, 14:55:27 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

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