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Nocturne op. 55 Andante



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Another electro-classical offering for my collection. This is a Chopin nocturne and I first heard it many many years ago. A friend of a friend was learning to play it on a rickety old piano in a crumby bedsit, and I sat and listened, completely entranced. It's stayed in my head ever since. Now here I am playing with it. Amazing technology that I can do this!

Anyway, a chopped up PD midi file re-voiced to my own specifications. It's taken me ages to do and I hope you might find something to like about it. Apologies to any classical purists out there. I personally like the blend of electronic and orchestral sounds, but you might not. You don't have to listen, but if you do, thanks!
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iMac, Rokit 5s, various headphones, lots of tea and coffee.
Logic 9, Zebra 2 and Alchemy soft synths.
DWL said 2356 days ago (May 4th, 2013)
Switched on Davajonah
Very nicely done Dave, Wendy Carlos would approve.

Nice balance of instruments and clever orchestration.


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particledots said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
wendy yes
but also isao tomita springs to mind for me
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Philip18 said 2356 days ago (May 4th, 2013)
This is a beautiful piece of music and your treatment of it is respectful of that. I like the blend of sounds - the richness of the orchestration contrasts interestingly with the electronic lead. Much enjoyed!
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paul f. page said 2355 days ago (May 4th, 2013)
"Something to like about it..."
Well, how 'bout EVERYTHING. This is a magical little treatment of the Chopin original. It is so nice to hear such a sensitive rendition and one that does not ever rush the performance or the listener. The clarinet and strings are perfect to augment the tune on your electric piano. I very much like the pace of this performance. Just so very comfortable and easy to listen to. I hope you will "cover" more of these classical numbers. They are delightful and you seem to have a real feel for them.
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Moviz said 2354 days ago (May 5th, 2013)
Might find anything to like?
It sounds wonderful... Love the sounds you've chosen and the sweeps and swells of the backing strings sounds fantastic behind the warm and cosy flute-cum-glockenspiel at the front..... its beautifully done Dave....... much enjoyed, regards M
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PeterB7858 said 2354 days ago (May 5th, 2013)
I like the way you went about this, Dave. It is a very enjoyable listen. As Paul says, relaxing and unhurried. Fine work. Thanks, Peter.
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particledots said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
i like it
what did you use to make the sounds?

i particularly the chimey sounds
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particledots said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
i see you listed alchemy and zebra as two of the sound sources

which one is making the chimes tho? i want to get that sound
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Narad said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
Nocturne op. 55 Andante
Fantastic electro-classical rendition of Chopin's op.55 !!!!! Bravo Dave !!!!!
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kingbee said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
Sorry, I started to listen to this and then wanted to hear the original in a way to compare.
Some of the piano notes seemed..unexpected..and therefore a little but like they were in the wrong place..but I can see what it all means now and it makes more sense.
The backing strings are lush and really work well.
I was just thinking it must be annoying if you want to do classical re-workings on synths and one will always get compared to Carlos or Tomita.
I guess they were the first and have left such a stamp it's hard to not be compared to them if you do stuff like this.
Anyway, good track and thanks for introducing me to the original and this
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867-5309 said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
i like this nighty~night tune rendition because each part is so clear and supporting of the others - especially the flute - slow-attack strings are great !
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Bob Rodgers said 2353 days ago (May 7th, 2013)
love this, a beautiful piece of music.
I'm full of admiration here because this is a wonderful rendition of Chopin's music.
Superb sounds and a great performance, I'm glad Dick led me here.

This was very much enjoyed, thanks Dave.

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jiguma said 2352 days ago (May 8th, 2013)
You get gret sounds out of your synths, and this combines a fairground carousel with something vaguely Dr Who. I really like it.
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magnatone said 2349 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
you did Chopin proud here - very beautiful work dave!
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Henke said 2347 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
I am no great fan of Chopin per se, but I can easily make an exception for this one. I suppose I hear a rather hard or sharp piano sound quite vehemently (?) played when I hear his name, but this is quite different and much enjoyed. Well worth the effort!

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PatriciaGirl said 2329 days ago (May 31st, 2013)
Nocturne op. 55 Andante
A great testimonial on how technology can help us experience music on different levels. Pleasant choice of instruments that work well each other. A beautiful finale :)

Thanks for sharing!
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thetiler said 2314 days ago (June 15th, 2013)
Enjoy the
combination of sounds, not sure if i've heard this combination but it seems tantalizing to me ears. If fact a very pleasing sound and relaxing. With so much rockin going on around MJ it very nice to be treated with classical innovation ! Thanks for making this available to my ears!
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Parichayaka said 2311 days ago (June 18th, 2013)
Sweet and unusual
I am one of those 'classical purists' having played classical piano for many years;) But I really enjoyed listening to this! Has a sweetness without being cute and makes you appreciate the composition from a different light.

Your choice of synths and the string accents work surprisingly well and the repeated motive is quite haunting. Can understand how that got stuck in your head. This is a very fruitful way of dealing with an earworm.
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Doug Somers said 2311 days ago (June 18th, 2013)
Take a bow
Yes I like it, and like it a lot. The mix of instruments is fine in my books (I've listened to a lot of Tomita so no worries), and the strings really fill in nicely (great dynamics) as do the other orchestral instruments you've chosen. I can appreciate the effort to get the this right and I think it's paid off in spades. A lovely addition to my iTunes - Thanks!
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Llarion said 2300 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Chopin is so much more mysterious with a sine wave than a piano! This is lovely work, I like the fusion of electronic and classical instrumentation. It's gently haunting, and sorta retro-cool, and yet still faithful to the spirit, I think. Very enjoyable!!
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TobinMueller said 2290 days ago (July 9th, 2013)
Halting grace
The open rounded sounds have this wonderful sense of purity, dreamlike dance, and Tomita clarity. Loved it!!
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VicDiesel said 2261 days ago (August 7th, 2013)
Chopin'ed up....
Hey, this is fun stuff. Isn't it great how you can make pieces a bit larger than life with string swells and such? Personally I don't find this disrespectful of the original at all.
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grah3am said 2260 days ago (August 8th, 2013)
No, not THAT Zappa, but yes, him too. The marimba - like tones here remind me of Frank and Francesco's album, in the best way. Faved and DLed.
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cormacbrenock said 2241 days ago (August 27th, 2013)
hey nice one
The electronic piano is soft and very easy on the ear the strings are lush and held back you got a nice balance there.
You have a beautiful mix going on here almost cosmic at times. Definitely going to my downloads folder for the car.

I too like to mix technologies , I suppose its because I don't sight read ( I play by ear ) but I love technology .
Funny I like the purists but they don't particularly like me.

Anyway well done for its beautiful .

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