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Be a Pianola Composer
By Adam G. Ramet

Here's a novel idea : Let's all get together and make a new musical
composition jointly, specifically for the pianola!  This is for all
levels of musical experience -- from utter novice, occasional
musicians up to professional composer/arrangers.

The idea is to do your own version of a given short musical theme --
about 16 bars of music that's all.  If you want to do more than that
you are free to do so also.  The only proviso : it has to be a musical
arrangement.  It can be as modernistic or avant-garde as you like but
please nothing of the John Cage "conceptual-art" variety.  You are
aiming to write 16 bars of music to be played on a single piano
keyboard of 88-notes tuned in the usual manner.

The segments are then all joined up in a suitable order.  The roll gets
a public performance at the end of the project.  Copies of the finished
roll will be made available to participants and anyone else interested.
Everyone participating gets credit -- this could be the start of your
new musical career!

Let me know if you are interested in joining in with this idea and off
we go!  As I said, _any_ level of musical experience is welcomed, from
absolute novice to world-class known composers.  It is open to utterly
anyone of any age, sex, race, religion, nationality whatever.

There will be a choice of a few different musical themes to inspire
you also to ensure that the finished piece is musically more varied.
You can choose one or all -- it's your choice.

In a few days time I will post the musical themes (in both MIDI and
regular printed notation also) into the Pianola Forum:

Adam Ramet

(Message sent Thu 3 May 2007, 00:11:19 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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