Jul 06, 2022 9:44 PM
kyeo and sarham in citrelia
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"How closely related are the genres of these two songs?"

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"- basically not at all, why? I mean, they're both intended to be - singable by amateurs? But they're not from related traditions or the same century."

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"Well, I'm trying to derive as much of your music theory and style conventions as I possibly can and that's important context."

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"Ah, makes sense. I can try to sing more complicated songs than I can play, I won't do it well but I won't completely lose the thread of what I'm doing?"

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"I would really appreciate that!  Or if you just want to take them down I can learn your notation system.  - If taking down music is a thing you know how to do."

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"It is not."

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"Well then I'll do it and we'll see where things go from there."

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"Did you say your lens had music on it?"

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"It does, is that what we want to use its charge on?"

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"One use among as many as we can fit in.  Probably if you work with Colley on plenty of songs we'll figure out a lot that way, and then we can bring in a group of people to transcribe the fully-instrumented versions of a few and use those to extrapolate much of the rest."

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(Colley is bouncing and shoulder-shimmying.)

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"Okay." And he will sing Amazing Grace and anything else he can remember the lyrics to, though for a lot of songs that's just the chorus and he has to mumble through some parts.

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"I will also happily take tunes you don't remember lyrics for.  And if you remember harmonies or any other things going on besides the melody that would help a lot too."

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"I do not remember any harmonies basically at all, sorry, but I can hum stuff." He hums stuff.

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Colley transcribes it all into uncanny-valley sheet music and makes only a few mistakes in what she sings back to him to check that she got it right.

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He will let her know when he notices a note being wrong.

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"Do you know anything about how your sheet music works to compare against this?"

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"Uh, some things. Not enough to transcribe any specific song but I know what it looks like approximately." He will write out a staff and draw a bass clef and put some notes of various values in at random.

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" - Hm.  Kyeo, are you more familiar with it?"

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He wobbles a hand, writes and labels the notes on a treble clef, remembers how to write sharps and flats. Draws a D major scale.

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"I thiiiiiiiink," (she warbles) "this looks really similar to some ancient sheet music we have archived somewhere, but it's been a few decades since I looked at it and I don't remember for certain.  I'll try and dig up some copies overnight; it would be really exciting if we could discover how to interpret that."

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Nod nod!

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"I don't suppose either of you know anything directly about your music theory instead of just having examples that can be used to extrapolate."

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Headshake.

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"I could probably answer - some music theory related questions? But only because I'll have picked stuff up, not because I learned it systematically at all, so I don't know what to say from a cold start."

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