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The concept is sort of like four futuristic machines that get into an argument/discussion about Bach. About 3/4 of the way through there's kind of a technological "flashback"...if you get that far.

(I had no idea what genre to put this in...this one seems closer than classical but I'm open to suggestions.)

The only loops are TuMi. (There are some spacey sounds added to them.) Every bit of the fugue was recorded by me, I used nothing from the Web -- no MIDIs or anything -- except for some public domain sheet music.
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Uploaded: Apr 05, 2005 - 08:54:23 PM
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2007 - 01:12:05 PM Last Played: Jun 05, 2019 - 08:12:09 PM
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thetiler said 5305 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
Got real interesting indeed
Like that bach sound 1/4th into middle.

Very cool, nice duet there.

That is the nicest classical influence I heard tonight. Wow,
nice organ. Yes!
Then the nice bass and drums, cool.
Even the cool thump of the bass drum or something.
Nice ending. Good going!!

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said 5305 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
good stuff here, takes the imagination on a ride
solidwood said 5305 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
Loved it.
Loved it.
Loved the idea, loved the mix.
Magritte said 5304 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
Thanks much!...
...to you, Tom Wounded, and thetiler for your kind comments. I figured when making this that it probably had kind of a limited audience, so I'm glad you guys enjoyed it.
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Davian said 5304 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
Midi hey? 22htz hey...?
your song sounds like your trying to be bach and failing
miserably. It meanders all over the place and leads no
where. there is no structure or depth you should think
long and hard when judging others about sound quality
when your song doesn't even have content!!?
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Magritte said 5304 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
This is the Little Fugue in g by Johann Sebastian Bach -- one of his best-known works -- in its entirety. I did not alter a thing except to change the octave of one single note that didn't work in the correct octave for the instrument in question. If you have issues with the arrangement, the fault is certainly mine, although your comments were hardly constructive. However, whatever problems you have with the depth and structure of the fugue, you may argue about with centuries of music lovers and Bach's own reputation as a composer of reasonable quality.

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Magritte said 5304 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
Ah, I see.
You are attacking me, Magritte, because of a comment someone else posted about your song. In the future you might want to avoid such mistakes. (I would also suggest avoiding such comments, but it's your own decision how you want to be viewed around here.)
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Davian said 5304 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
Ah, I see.
a misunderstanding on my part, and i appologise for that but the fact that
you addmitted to using an entire score of bach and altering one note then
calling it your own makes me very sad. i with draw my sound snob coment
but the rest stands.
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Magritte said 5304 days ago (April 6th, 2005)
I said the fugue was *recorded* by me, and that I used sheet music. I thought that, plus the name, plus the fact that the piece is VERY well known, would all serve as enough information that the fugue was not composed by me. There are plenty of transcriptions of famous pieces around here...and I'm sure this one isn't my last.

However, I also apologize if I somehow misled anyone else into thinking that I composed, rather than transcribed, this piece.
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said 5304 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
Ahhh Bach
Sorry, I was having a MASH episode flashback
Nice W Carlos type arrangement here.
Magritte said 5304 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
I swear every time I opened this up to work on it I thought "Ahh...Bach." Glad you liked the tune.
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macapa said 5304 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
It took me a second listen to be certain, but I really liked
this version. Sounds simple enough, but there a
originalities in there that really make it stand out. I
especially like the transition to a real organ, very nice.

Liked it so much, I downloaded it! Good work!
Magritte said 5302 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Thanks, I was on the fence about the organ but figured the piece was weird enough, a little more weird wouldn't hurt. Thanks for posting, especially because I've listened to some great stuff on your favorites list!
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_nderscore said 5303 days ago (April 7th, 2005)
nicely done
i really like your interpretation. the production &
performance are excellent. an especially great job at
creating the soundscape-lots of movement & working the
left/right channels. if you've never heard it, you should
check out william ørbit's 'pieces in a modern style'..
similar concept
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Magritte said 5302 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
nicely done
I downloaded "Cavalleria Rusticana" based on your recommendation and thought it was lovely. Thanks for the comment and suggestion.
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drakonis said 5302 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
you futured my favorite fugue!
I have often gotten this particularly catchy melody stuck in
my head for weeks at a time, I've loved this particular
piece by Bach for decades... I've also been a long-time
Walter/Wendy Carlos Moog synthesizer nut, of which this
sounds somewhat derivative, but in a good way. So with
that as background... I love it! Nice use of electronic
background leadup and loops & sound effects. You did a
good job of blending the loops, and fading different
voices in & out... the church organ's arrival for a sweetly
short period near the end was apropos, poignant and
slightly comedic, and was a very nice sounding organ too.
If it were me, I would have had a very faint foreshadowing
of he organ waft in at about 1/3 of the way in, and get
stamped out again by the Moogles?Ѣ, only to show up in
full again near the end as you did. And one last thing...
did you really play that from sheet music on your KB?
Even if you recorded one voice at a time, I'm very
impressed with your playing skills... Bach is
extraordinarily precise, and you captured the
mathematical precision of the fugue beautifully. I think
that part of the fun of your scoring is the modern
backbeat-style percussion loops you used set against the
metronome-consistency of the melody. Your melting
together of old and new styles was done very nicely.

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Magritte said 5302 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
you futured my favorite fugue!
Wow...thanks for the kind comments. I really like the idea about "foreshadowing" the organ; if I ever revisit this piece I will give that a try.

And yeah, I did record the whole thing, and it was definitely voice by voice (occasionally measure by measure; my keyboard skills have really deteriorated). One of the advantages of intending the piece to be mechanical is I could go in and edit everything without trying to maintain a lot of expression. I'm definitely not ready to try an "acoustic" version yet!
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mikkinylund said 5299 days ago (April 12th, 2005)
I don't really care if you used midi, played it by yourself,
lower or raised one octave when needed to - the result,
and outcome is very good. Bach was a good composer
and this stands as a very good tribute to his memory. I
like how you "sneak" in the TUMI loops without distorting
the essance of the orginal. Great work!
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Magritte said 5294 days ago (April 17th, 2005)
Heh, I was going for kind of a "sneak" with the loops. Didn't really know what to do with them. Thanks!
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TennesseeVic said 5294 days ago (April 16th, 2005)
Fugues, eh?
Fugues are so hard to make them sound transparent.
Anachronistic though they may be, pianos are often your
best bet. String quartets work too.

However, I've on occasion tried playing fugues
electronically and always failed. And I'm sorry to say that
your piece -- fun though it is -- suffers from the same
defects that I keep running into: electronic sounds are just
too rich. I take it this is a 4-voice fugue? Most of the time
I can hear a voice and a half, so to speak. It is hard to
make out more than two lines.

But high marks for trying!

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Magritte said 5294 days ago (April 17th, 2005)
Fugues, eh?
Yes, if I had taken more time with this piece I should have done more with bringing the voices in and out to distinguish them a little better. Basically I was lazy because a) I was REALLY tired of working on it after recording the whole fugue and b) I was hoping the familiarity of the piece would help.

I was actually thinking about reworking it, now that I have the fugure recorded, with acoustic sounds like strings, but I don't know if it would turn out too well since there isn't a lot of expression in the recording. I was in fact looking over some of Bach's two-part inventions (much less complex) to play with next for the exact reasons you mention.

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ronnielong said 5286 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Rock on.....
Way to go Mag!

I like how you put yer Twist on things.

Really Cool.


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elppa cam said 5253 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
Very cool
I'm still not a fan of the drums but they fit better here.
Very retro-futuristic... gives me a Logan's Run flashback.

I wish I could play keys as well as you do.

Do you have a version without the drums???
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Magritte said 5253 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
Very cool
Thanks elppa...yeah, I'm not crazy about the drums either but it's what TuMi gave us to work with so there they are. I don't have another version of this because I made it for the contest but I guess anything's possible in the future. Thanks for commenting!
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1rwhite1 said 4509 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
O, Bach's Hair
I can't say that I'm a Bach expert or even a fan, for that matter. (I'm a bit of a jazz snob.) But the layering in this interpretation is nothing short of professional. Actually, what you did with the percussion is what impressed me the most. Too often, folks will have a great idea and then turn around and put that great idea on a boring drum pattern that has no variation or dynamic. This is not the case with this song. Your choices with that instrument really make the scales and arpeggios of the other instruments stand out more, thus resulting in a more colorful piece. Great work here and it's clear that you have a command of this style of music.
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