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One and a Half 05.08.2009
Past Updates: 04.24.2009 | 04.10.2009 | 04.03.2009
"Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies."
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Spherical Aberration (Object)
Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon Tales of the Abyss | Karma
Author's Comments

This piece was a special request of a friend and fellow medical student named Tenken.

Just as Karma speaks of two glass spheres, I made two versions of this piece based on a concept in optics known as spherical aberration—the blurring of an image formed by a spherical mirror which occurs because parallel rays striking the mirror far from the optic axis are focused at a different point. This first piece is entitled Object; the second, Image. The characteristics of each would follow what their name entails optics-wise.

Composed for piano using Sibelius 5 and rendered by Kouen using SONAR 7 Producer Edition.

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I apologize for the rather late update. See, since the school year hasn't begun for our younger medical colleagues, me and my groupmates were forced to have every-other-day duties in the medical ICU. I and one of my groupmates had shifted out of the medical ICU sub-rotation as post-duty and shifted into the ER sub-rotation, due to a stroke of luck, as pre-duty status. And what does a pre-duty intern do? You go on duty for 12 hours at the ER. So basically I had one-and-a-half duties and was dead tired by the time I got home...

Now, I must also announce that like the first round of "The Grand Audition 2009," there are not enough submissions for us to have an exciting match; hence, I am once again forced to extend the round by two more weeks. The deadline is, therefore, moved to May 22, 2009. The main contest page and the round page have been updated accordingly. I will be expecting much as the period of composition has been extended to one-and-a-half months.

As for the piece we have for today, it's a pretty straightforward arrangement of Karma, as was Tenken's request. I had entered into a "piano arrangement frenzy" at the time of this piece's creation, i.e. a lot of my works were during the period was for solo piano. This piece, entitled Object, is characteristic of an object used to create an image using mirrors and lenses—the chords are heavy, sharp, and precise; the notes are not "blurred" together by pedals. The concept will be better understood when I feature the other piece in the near future. Grab a copy and give it a try!

This concludes this update of Sound Test. If you'll excuse me, I'll be going back to bed to get a bit more sleep. Take care, folks!

Fermat's Last Theorem

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