- 1. Kid playing the 5th in a surf band (Takeshi "Terry" Terauchi Arr.)
- 2. Drummer showcase of the 5th, probably my favorite of this genre
- 3. Acoustic guitar orchestra arrangement of the 5th
- 4. Salsa Arrangement by Sverre Indris Joner
- 5. "Wave Invasion" surf medley using Fur Elise, 5th S, Ode to Joy
- 6. Ruthie Bram's exuberant guitar solo to the 5th
- 7. Taiko Game version (surprisingly entertaining)
- 8. Symphony 6 "Pastoral" performed by "Sharp 5" (psych/pop version '71)
- 9. Beethoven can save the Climate
This seems like an appropriate post to mention that I re-uploaded my rock-sequenced arrangements of Beethoven's 17 string quartets of last year with MAM Player visualizations - here's the main text I wrote for each of these vids on Youtube...
String Quartets (Rock Arr. w MAM Visuals)
Guitar Arrangement by Ed Chang using Synthfont.
Visuals from Stephen Malinowski's MAM Player
Original MIDI sequences : www.stringquartets.org
Boilerplate: These tracks were originally created for my own use to understand Beethoven's string quartets. As an electric guitarist, I "hear" guitar and drums better than violin, so these helped me to follow the different melodic and harmonic turns that Beethoven used in these frankly still-revolutionary works. Weird syncopations and awkward double-stops and trills on violin sound even more exciting and shocking in today's musical vernacular IMHO, and when you add 'Chad Wackerman-style' drums doubling the bass melodies it gets pretty close to fusion/technical metal - tho the most complex metal you'll ever hear.
Of course these are generated from MIDI sequences and triggered soundfonts (samples) so there's a little bit of a "suspension of disbelief" necessary. However if you like Squarepusher, Meshuggah, Alec Empire, Merzbow, or even Nine Inch Nails, then the "oddness" might not require much of a leap - I quite like the "gunny-glitchy" parts myself and decided not to fix them. There were many things I could have done to make these more "real" (for example alternating dynamics on up/down strokes for fast passages, and modifying sustain envelopes on long notes, etc...) but I'll leave that to some one with more patience than I....
About the visuals: YT-er Smalin has been making visual scores of classical music for a few years now and when he made a "home-use" software version I was all over it. The only problem was that in it's current version it doesn't support soundfonts and does not render to video. Nonetheless I LOVE these visual representations and they are the closest approximation to what I see in my mind's eye when listening to instrumental music. I ended up rendering the audio on Synthfont, screencasting the MAM Player with CamStudio, and syncing them up in WMM. Obviously just one step above recording these on a cellphone, but that's what it is for now. Smalin will hopefully release a new version of the MAM Player with rendering options in the coming year(s)...
And here's the playlists for all of the re-envisioned 17 String Quartets arranged for "Rock Ensemble":
Early Quartets (Op. 18)
Middle Quartets (Op. 59, 74, 95)
Late Quartets (Op. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135)