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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:21 pm 
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Not sure if anyone else will actually be interested in this, but I thought I'd share.

I was bored the other night and decided to try writing my own music. I had trouble getting started, so I generated several random melodies using this random melody generator:

https://www.link.cs.cmu.edu/melody-generator/

I picked out the one I liked best, tweaked it quite a bit to make sure it fit the whistle's range and key limitations, and then made versions of it in D major, B minor, G major, and E minor.

Here's the MP3 (MIDI computer music, not me playing) and a PDF of the dots.

https://bobbi.ivytech.edu/~bpfingst/Randomish.pdf

https://bobbi.ivytech.edu/~bpfingst/Randomish.mp3

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Bretton wrote:
and then made versions of it in D major, B minor, G major, and E minor.

It's just not the route to satisfying structure.

So how about trying a simple binary form taking the first line as your A section, repeating that, then trying to match it up with a repeated B section where you've got more contrast of melodic material?

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Bretton wrote:
I picked out the one I liked best, tweaked it quite a bit to make sure it fit the whistle's range and key limitations, and then made versions of it in D major, B minor, G major, and E minor.


Nice motifs. Now let's hear you make something of them! :poke:

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Bretton wrote:
...writing my own music...using a random melody generator...



Sorry but isn't that self-contradictory?

Perhaps try writing your own music using only yourself as the melody generator, and see what happens.

A guy in my band, who knows nothing about composition, wrote a jig that's fairly catchy.

The only problem is that he doesn't understand the structure of tunes, the question-and-answer aspect. Change one bar and his tune is a nice trad-sounding jig.

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Peter Duggan wrote:
So how about trying a simple binary form taking the first line as your A section, repeating that, then trying to match it up with a repeated B section where you've got more contrast of melodic material?


Yes, although I was thinking the other way around...it kind of sounded like the B part of a tune to me. I'm going to keep working on it. Thanks for the feedback.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:43 am 
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Bretton wrote:
...writing my own music...using a random melody generator...

pancelticpiper wrote:
Sorry but isn't that self-contradictory?


Well, I was coming at it from a Surrealist viewpoint (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrealist_techniques), which is something I also do with writing poetry. I use random word generators to generate a dozen words and the write a poem around them. Or, grab a book off the shelf and flip it open to several pages and poke my finger down on a word without looking until I have a collection of them and write a poem around those.

In either case I guess you could argue that I didn't "write" the music/poem, but it certainly wouldn't exist without my input.

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