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Für Edeltraud

By Fred und Luna on February 5, 2016 6:55 am

Freeing music by imposing restrictions on the processes of composing is an idea I caught from a French group of writers (Oulipo) who use constraints as a means of triggering ideas and inspiration.
So last Tuesday (02/02) being both a repdigit day and the birthday of my mother, I decided to do a song based on the letters that both appear in her first name "Edeltraud" and can be played on a piano: e-d-e-a-d. The main melody is exactly played in that order, also the sequential following of the chords.
e-d-e-a-d (as I recognize while writing these words) could also mean "Edeltraud doesn't live anymore", which is true, she died a long time ago, but she's still in my heart and I miss her.   

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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February 8, 2016 12:35 am

Very nice. Love the auto-legato-ish, almost forced notes.

February 8, 2016 1:43 am

Very beautiful memorial.

February 8, 2016 2:20 am

smooth and beautiful track. love it.

February 8, 2016 7:25 am

this is a beautiful piece, also enjoyed reading the explanation. thanks for sharing.

February 8, 2016 8:41 pm

Oooh, gorgeous piece--great understated sounds and calm texture, but also with surprise and variety--I like how the unexpected beat comes in and propels the second half. 

As a fellow fan of OuLiPo, I like the derivation of the constraint.  My sympathies, too--and it seems like a fitting tribute.

February 9, 2016 5:12 am

Very nice and great explanation

February 9, 2016 9:10 am

Smooth and elegant. Well done!

February 9, 2016 8:32 pm

Great idea to use for a song. Love the warbling synth atmo.

February 10, 2016 3:01 pm

Easy listening in the most positive meaning... not actually easy to listen to as there is a lot you can find when you listen well.

February 10, 2016 4:49 pm

Great song. Looking forward to the next one.

February 10, 2016 8:16 pm

totally love this!

February 14, 2016 9:26 pm

Sometimes on the op-1, I use a single pattern sequence for most or all of a track and reuse it at different speeds, in reverse, random and on a variety of instruments. The results are very often surprisingly cohesive and I find them engaging. My own little take on imposed restrictions which is an idea I've long been into. And it definitely resulted in something good in your piece, in a completely different way.

February 14, 2016 10:33 pm

dig this song a lot

February 21, 2016 4:06 pm

This song is incredibly beautiful and very emotional.
Music just says more than words ... in thought.

March 4, 2016 10:07 am

Catching up on F&L: such a beautiful melody.

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