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Ennui 05.22.2009
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"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
- Victor Hugo
Spherical Aberration (Image)
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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Yup, that title basically encapsulates the week that has passed. Don't get me wrong; I do understand the importance of rehabilitation medicine, particularly to neurologic patients, but the entire concept of the specialty just doesn't appeal to me. When I see patients in the out-patient clinic, I end up tinkering with the other aspects such as a diabetic patient's insulin regimen and the inappropriateness of his antihypertensives instead of focusing on his desire for a prosthetic limb. Ah, it'll only be for another week, anyway, so it'd be best to just suck it up and bear with it...

Allow me to shift gears and state that as announced previously, the submission period for Round 2: Flying Solo is over. Check back next week to see who are going to duke it out for this round. I do hope this round will be as exciting as the last one.

Now, as promised, here is the second version of Spherical Aberration called Image. As in optics, images created are not always perfect copies of the objects being projected—they can be blurry and distorted (hence, the extensive use of pedals and arpeggios, as well as the timing changes), some parts of the object may not be seen at all (the second verse), and extraneous parts may appear seemingly out of nowhere (the embellishments and the fragment at the ending). Overall, the piece is somewhat more whimsical compared to the rigid and strict Object; nonetheless, I hope it would get the same response from the listeners. Go ahead and give it a try!

Again, the contenders will be unveiled next week and the voting period shall begin. Until then! Take care!

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