Malinowski, Fugue to Stanley Krebs, Vocoded String Quartet




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Published on Jan 29, 2010

A 4-voice fugue by Stephen Malinowski, dedicated to his composition teacher Stanley Dale Krebs, performed by the composer on a vocoded string quartet.


Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this piece?
A: The scores for most of Stephen Malinowski's music can be downloaded from here:

Q: Where can I learn more about this piece?
A: The Kunst der Fuge web site has Malinowski's description of this piece:

Q: What are we hearing and how did you create it?
A: The string-like sounds you're hearing are made by me playing string instruments through the Roland VP-550 Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard (using the "VOCODER 2" setting). Here's an article on vocoders:
If you want to see what it looks like when a person is performing live with the VP-550, I recommend Don Lewis's wonderful performance of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot:
The main differences between what Don's doing and what I did are that I was playing the string instruments instead of singing, and I performed the four parts of the fugue separately.

Q: I thought you said you were going to do a vocoded harmonica next?
A: The first version I did of this was on vocoded harmonicas, but it sounded too much like screeching chipmunks, and I just couldn't bring myself to do a video with it. However, if you'd like to hear it, here's an MP3 (it's a little more up-tempo than the version used in the video):

Q: Is there a way I could make the bar-graph scores myself?
A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate this display; you can get the (Windows) software here:
There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first:

Q: Could you please do a MAM video of _________?
A: First, check my "to do" list:
http://www.musanim.com/all/MAMToDoLis... ...
If the piece isn't listed, read the "Could you please do a MAM video of _________?" item on my main FAQ:
http://www.musanim.com/mam/mamfaq.htm... ...
and if you think I'd consider doing it, email me (stephen at musanim dot com).


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