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Yoon & Teoh: Correlation between composition and conlanging?

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Friday, August 11, 2000, 2:59
On Thu, 10 Aug 2000, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

>On Fri, 11 Aug 2000, Markus Miekk-oja wrote: > >> >If I could figure out microtones, pentatonics, etc. and understood more >> >about non-Western modes of music, I would try it. As it stands I'm too >> >afraid I'll screw it up. >> >> Well, I've been toying with the idea of creating a whole new music system, >> and I know abit music-theory (though only having played paino for >> three years (and I hated it!) and fallen in love with a Guitar about a year >> ago...) > ><wry g> I was given a copy of Donald Grout's whatever-the-title-was and >just couldn't get through it. > >I play piano decently, viola poorly (out of practice since I went to >college), soprano and alto recorders okay, harmonica okay (self-taught), >pennywhistle okay (self-taught, but the fingering is intuitive), >classical guitar okay (out of practice). Notice that these are all >Western instruments. :-/ My mom wanted me to learn kayageum (a >Korean...zither?) but never got the chance to enroll me.
I guess if we're comming out with our musical "talents"... I play piano decently as well - and have been practicing much more than usual on account of having to play organ for a friend's wedding in November. Haven't touched an organ in a decade, but it'll all come back (I sure hope). I can (almost) recognisably scratch out "What Would You Do If You Married a Soldier?" on the fiddle. I can play almost any wind instrument passably (and own enough to start a brass band) except flute; and the bigger, the better. Can't abide strings; and never really tried percussion (except once in a high school concert when one of the bands' timpani player was sick and the band director said "When you see that note, hit that drum; I think you can sort out the rest." Also got to do bass drum that concert.) Am also trying to learn cornetto (basically a recorder with a wee little trumpet mouthpiece); but it's a right bitch to play bad, let alone sounding musical. It's the only instrument I've ever come across that you can play pretty near two (chromatic) octaves with only one fingering. I don't compose very well: most everything I've written sounds a bit off in some way. Back to conlanging: I have written a few jigs and other such Folk Music; which will eventually get made into a book of Kemrese traditional music, the book of course being written in Brithenig.
>> However, I think this discussion should take place on I'd >> be happy if somebody could tell me how to subscribe :-) ... ? > >Same here. :-)
Go on over to and search for the list "conculture". You can sign up for the list there. Padraic.