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    Gadhafi’s Betrayal (of his own people) - includes score and video

    This was composed some months ago when Gadhafi was still in power and oppressing his people. Scored for a small ensemble of Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn and Percussion.

    You can stream everything here: http://chrisvaisvil.com/?p=533

    mp3
    http://micro.soonlabel.com/harmonic_...s-Betrayal.mp3

    scordatura (with Sonar's brain-dead handling of accidentals)
    http://micro.soonlabel.com/harmonic_...s-Betrayal.pdf

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    Re: Gadhafi’s Betrayal (of his own people) - includes score and video

    Quote Originally Posted by vaisvil View Post
    This was composed some months ago when Gadhafi was still in power and oppressing his people. Scored for a small ensemble of Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn and Percussion.

    You can stream everything here: http://chrisvaisvil.com/?p=533

    mp3
    http://micro.soonlabel.com/harmonic_...s-Betrayal.mp3

    scordatura (with Sonar's brain-dead handling of accidentals)
    http://micro.soonlabel.com/harmonic_...s-Betrayal.pdf
    Hi, Vaisvil - Good to see you again. I remember when you let us know about the Microtonal competition - I toyed vaguely with the idea of doing something for that, but I didn't take the plunge. I was intimidated since I've never done anything of that sort - poor excuse. How do we learn unless we take plunges?

    It's a profoundly tragic thing which inspired this new piece of yours. I expected the music to be sober, and sobering - and it is indeed both. There's a proud kind of elegance to it also, rising above the tragedies caused by Gadhafi's insanity. There's an impressive success achieved in sustaining the mood which is established immediately. Unlike more traditional music where drama may have been emphasized, in undulating waves of increasing and decreasing tension - your piece here is like one, tremulously suspended and subtly delineated exclamation point. The surreal quality of the superimposed video images accompanied your music very well, by the way.

    I HAVE INFO about Cakewalk's "brain dead handling of accidentals."--- Maybe you knew this, but I think maybe you don't, since you apologize for the incorrect accidentals in your score.-- You aren't stuck with the way Cakewalk/Sonar spells those--You can change them, either on an individual basis, or globally - For instance you can change all Dbs to C#s. Whatever you care to do.

    Use Search in Sonar's Help file and type in accidentals. Here's a quote from the page that comes up:

    To Change a Note’s Enharmonic Spelling

    1. Right-click the note to open the Note Properties dialog box.

    2. In the Pitch textbox, type a new spelling for the note.

    3. Click OK.

    SONAR displays the note with the new enharmonic spelling.
    You can change enharmonic spellings in other views, such as the Event List view, by similarly typing a new spelling wherever the note pitch is displayed as a text string.
    You can also use the Process > Interpolate command to change enharmonic spellings—for example, to change multiple occurrences of Eb5 to D#5, or even all Ebs to D#s. See Process > Interpolate for more information.
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    Thank you for your music - Hope that info helps you with your scores.

    Randy

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    Re: Gadhafi’s Betrayal (of his own people) - includes score and video

    Hi Randy,

    Thank you very much for comments and I'm glad the piece communicated with you! And also thank you for the information on getting Sonar the "do the right thing". I will certainly try that out! Many people have thought I was a musical neanderthal when seeing a score of mine from Sonar - thus the disclaimer.

    Chris

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    Re: Gadhafi’s Betrayal (of his own people) - includes score and video

    Quote Originally Posted by vaisvil View Post
    Hi Randy,

    Thank you very much for comments and I'm glad the piece communicated with you! And also thank you for the information on getting Sonar the "do the right thing". I will certainly try that out! Many people have thought I was a musical neanderthal when seeing a score of mine from Sonar - thus the disclaimer.

    Chris
    Good, it looked like you must not have known about the ability to edit how notes are spelled in Sonar. Do that search in Sonar's Help file using just the word "accidentals" and you'll get more info than I posted here. The program is just making dumb computer decisions about how notes should be spelled, sharps when going up, flats when going down etc. - but as that Help page says, it's really only the composer who knows what spellings are actually preferred in a given situation.

    This issue comes up fairly often with people concerned about having accurate charts produced from Sonar - It's not immediately clear that we're not stuck with accidental decisions the program makes. Very easy to change the spellings though, as it turns out. Just be sure to include the octave - If the note has originally been called "Db5" be sure to type "C#5" and not just "C#."

    You'll be able to fix up your scores after a good session or two of editing.

    Randy

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