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Bittersweet Silver Bells

By Devieus on December 23, 2018 2:40 pm

It's become kind of a thing of mine to do Carol of the Bells for Christmas (I did it in 2012 and 2014 (which I particularly like)), so naturally I did it again this year with the Gadget.

But that's not all I did, you see this song is set up in two parts (as music does with the little |: and neutral things on the sheet), but rather than following the sheet verbatim, I changed it around the second time by doing some mode trickery. The first part, as normal, is in E minor (or Aeolian), but then the second part repeats sections first in Eb Ionian (sweet) and Eb Phrygian (bitter) for that real bittersweet sensation (the key change is a nice extra). I was thinking of using Locrian, but that got a little too dark to be bitter.

Korg Gadget doesn't have jingle bells, so I had to improvise with the tambourines in London. It's serviceable. The drums are quite nice though.

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December 24, 2018 1:17 am

December 24, 2018 2:32 am

Certainly one of the more inventive realizations of this. Love those occasional touches of dissonance. Faved!

December 24, 2018 7:22 am

Lovely arrangement, and some pleasantly surprising variation to boot.  Nice work on this!

December 24, 2018 9:01 am
kaedo sevaada wrote:

ding dong

Jim Wood wrote:

Certainly one of the more inventive realizations of this. Love those occasional touches of dissonance. Faved!

They're pretty good for sure, I just wanted some real bittersweet feel to it.

Reilly Farrell wrote:

Lovely arrangement, and some pleasantly surprising variation to boot.  Nice work on this!

Thanks. Those variations took me by surprised when I just threw something at it and it worked.

December 26, 2018 8:41 pm

The pass in the middle is my favorite. Very unexpected. Nice big kick too. Merry Christmas!

December 27, 2018 1:08 am

I think parts of this could qualify as melancholy Christmas music.  Nice arrangement indeed.

December 27, 2018 8:04 am
NWSPR wrote:

The pass in the middle is my favorite. Very unexpected. Nice big kick too. Merry Christmas!


I had trouble getting the kick to get somewhat decent in the mix. Since it's fairly relaxed in presence, I could make sure it was giving the kick it needed.

CosmicCairns wrote:

I think parts of this could qualify as melancholy Christmas music.  Nice arrangement indeed.

I'm convinced the whole song is written like that. There's nothing cheerful about the minor key.

December 27, 2018 10:54 pm

Cool variations! Particularly enjoyed the bitter parts. Nicely done!

December 27, 2018 11:03 pm
Plantrain wrote:

Cool variations! Particularly enjoyed the bitter parts. Nicely done!

It's the contrast that makes it shine.

December 29, 2018 2:39 am

Nice arrangement!!

December 29, 2018 2:16 pm
LydiaPrimate wrote:

Nice arrangement!!

Thanks!

December 30, 2018 10:06 pm

It's a piece that I've heard so many times, played pretty much the same every time, so I quite enjoy it with that Devieus twist!

December 30, 2018 11:10 pm
Gab Manette wrote:

It's a piece that I've heard so many times, played pretty much the same every time, so I quite enjoy it with that Devieus twist!

Gotta keep it fresh.

January 1, 2019 10:32 am

This is beautiful! Very good keeping its suspense to the end. Great!

January 3, 2019 1:10 am
Ashen Simian wrote:

This is beautiful! Very good keeping its suspense to the end. Great!

Thanks! It's a tense piece from the start, too.

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