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Imperial Flute

Imperial flute initial

This is an early Nodal composition based on the “Imperial flute” exercise in “Composing Music” by William Russo. You can only use E, G, A, or B in any order with the 5/4 rhythm as 1/4, 1/4, 1/4, 1/2 notes.

The image to the left is the first iteration to set the rhythm. The notes contain notes in different amounts and combinations such e3, g3, a3, b3 or a3, b3, or a3, a3, g3, b3, b3. The velocity is values around 64.

Different notes will sound as the song plays from node to node. One advantage with Nodal is that non linear sections can be drawn in with ease and random paths can be specified. In this case the final version of the song is below. I liked the way the shape developed. Nodal reminds me a lot of the Japanese game of Go. It is not just the obvious similarities with the grid and nodes but that the rules are not complicated  yet it can yield complex results. Nodal also feels like a logical game when laying out the nodes and lines.

Imperial flute

 Nodal is a music composition program which uses nodes and lines for the description and generation of music. You can get more information and download Nodal at: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~cema/nodal/

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