RPM 2011 Entry Mailed

I dropped the padded envelope containing Music In 0xC Parts off at the post office this morning. I’ve been done for a week (not to brag) but needed to burn a few copies to CD for the RPM submission and a few friends. And to listen to in the car.

These will likely be the only physical CDs that exist of it. Most of the people I’ve offered copies to opted to take a copy of the MP3 that lives on my USB stick. And the album will be available for listening on the RPM Jukebox and in the Bangsplat Download Store.

I will make FLAC and MP3 versions available in the store after the album goes live in the RPM Jukebox.

Source files? I’m going to let this sit for a week and render out pre-faded source files to see if that makes sense to release the stem files. Given how the piece is put together, I’m not sure it will. As I explained to a friend, this piece started out life as an Excel spreadsheet. (Well, actually an OpenOffice.org spreadsheet.) There are more than a dozen multi-track projects, each composed of at least eight tracks. Those tracks are ultimately made up of a relatively small number of notes output by the Bangsplat Non-Realtime Audio Synthesizer. I could release those original elements along with a map of how to put them together. That might be very useful from a remixing standpoint, but not from the view of re-creating parts of the final track.

About the title. I put together a list of candidate titles over the course of the month. “Music In 0xC Parts” was a geek music joke. But it ended up fitting the best.

0xC is a number – the “0x” indicates it is hexadecimal notation (base 16), like the music itself. I pronounce it “hex C”. 0xC equals 12 in good old human-readable base 10, so it’s geeky way of saying Music In 12 Parts. Which is the name of a Philip Glass piece that I particularly love. Music In 0xC Parts is a longer piece that’s made up of 12 continuous sections. And there’s a lot of repetition with slow changes over time. But they are nothing alike, really.

0xC also reminds me of the title of Terry Riley’s In C. I would like to be able to say that the base note of Music In 0xC Parts is the hex version of C, but it’s more like A. And it’s not 0xC, which is a note in my scale. So that’s a name-only joke.

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