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Random Numbers - Reuben D. Ferguson  [AMS 000012]  $15.00
MIDI/Computer- based studio recording of a variety of "Classical" pieces.  The vast majority of these were arranged specifically for the Palm Beach Community College Electronic Music Ensemble; consequently, the arrangements are fairly straightforward.  On some of the pieces, a part or two tends to be somewhat more demanding - at times, I had some very good players in the Ensemble.  The arrangements are, for the most part, by Reuben.  The disk features all copy material; compositions by Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Danny Elfman, John Horner, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aaron Copland, John & Susan Ogilvy, John Smith, and Gustav Holst.

To listen to:
Danse Chinoise by P. I. Tchaikovsky
Little Prelude in F by Johann Sebastian Bach
Hoedown by Aaron Copland/Emerson, Lake & Palmer
or The Star-Spangled Banner by John Smith (music),
click on the title of the song.

A brief commentary on the selections:  Danse Chinoise by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was sequenced directly from the Dover Publications score; the only real playing I did on it was, if I remember correctly, the flute trills.  I simply couldn't get them to sound right until I broke down and just played them.  Little Prelude in F by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is me playing real-time, 100%, on a DW8000-01R/W combination.  (I probably couldn't play it today if you held a gun to my head).  Hoedown (from Rodeo) by Aaron Copland (1900-1990), (arranged by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, rearranged from that version by me), is a hybrid.  The drums, bass guitar, and some of the synthesizer parts are sequenced (by me), but the organ (Korg BX-3) and the other synth parts were me playing real-time. The Star-Spangled Banner by John Smith (b.?-d.?), (yes, yes, I know, Francis Scott Key wrote the words, but John Smith [whoever he was] is credited with the music) is my arrangement from a piano score.  It was done specifically for the Palm Beach Community College Electronic Music EnsembleRealPlayer kind of freaks out when it tries to deal with all the noise and other effects; it sounds a lot better on the CD.

You must have the RealPlayer G2 program installed in order to listen to the piece.  If you don't already have it, you can download it from RealPlayer.  You can get a copy for free, or get the deluxe version for $29.95.

Danse Chinoise
Theme from The Simpsons
Klingons (from The Search for Spock)
Liebeslieder Walzer #12
Minuet in F
Die Nachtigall
Little Prelude in F
Silk 'n' Clouds
The Star-Spangled Banner
Aria (from Suite in D Major)
Mars, The Bringer of War

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