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Katamari Damacy: 'Katamari on the Rocks' (marching band) DONE!

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Would you have any qualms if I had this performed at my school? I really, REALLY like it. :D

Katamari's kinda big at PJP high--I know at least three people who would be very appreciative if the school band performed this.

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Okay, the Finale NotePad file has been posted at Finale Showcase, and here's the URL:

http://www.finalemusic.com/showcase/fs_home.asp

To find it, type in "Random Percussion" in the Find: box and select "Children's Music" on the scroll-down bar, and you should yield only one result. Click on the name to download it.

Just some more things you need to know:

1. I expect that you can open the file in a full-fledged copy of Finale, even though the file was created in Finale Notepad 2006, though I don't know what kind of quality you're going to get out of it. Double check the downloaded copy against the .pdf when you get a chance, just to make sure everything copied over correctly.

2. Those little tildas through the notes on the snare part are diddle marks - it means to double-stroke the sixteenth notes. An actual diddle mark is a diagonal slash like this ( / ) at the same location on the note as the tilda. Give your copy of Finale a good looking-through to make sure there is nothing closer to a correct notation before going ahead with the notation I used. If there is anything unclear about this particular point, make sure to PM me before you finalize it.

3. The two notes on certain measures on the Cymbals staff are, of course, split parts. That means that half the cymbal line plays the entire first note, and half the line plays only the second note. I'm sure they'll understand this. To write it in Finale, though, you will have to use a different staff color, presumably, in order for it to show up on the same staff.

4. Of course, given the chance that you yourself do not know, the drumline will know what to add in at measures 34-35, since they play that little ditty all the time, I imagine. Ignore the notes written there - they are just placeholders.

5. I trust that Finale has Marching Band midi packs. If they do, they will have preset Bass Drum, Toms, and Cymbals midis and staffs. Use those, if available. If not, just copy the look of the ones I have prepared and change the staff name. It's what I had to do. (/sighs)

6. The midis on the downloaded copy, I expect, will be all screwed up. That is because in Finale NotePad one cannot adjust the percussive sounds to make a staff just the way one wants. However, in Finale, I'm pretty sure that you can. Take advantage of this, especially when recording the final result, so I can hear, for the first time, what it sounds like. I'm sure you understand how much I would appreciate that.

I think that's about it for now. I leave the rest in your capable hands.

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Could somoene post a midi? I wanna stick it through reason and make it sound slightly more real.

My plan is to order Finale Academic, and redo the music I did in Noteworthy in Finale, then combine that with the drumline stuff that Rainman DX was awesome enough to arrange. Once I've done that and have a final version, I'll definitely send you a MIDI if you want to make a good sounding version. I'll send you a PM. (Hopefully I'll have it done by mid July... depends how long it takes me to get Finale I guess.)

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Could somoene post a midi? I wanna stick it through reason and make it sound slightly more real.
My plan is to order Finale Academic, and redo the music I did in Noteworthy in Finale, then combine that with the drumline stuff that Rainman DX was awesome enough to arrange. Once I've done that and have a final version, I'll definitely send you a MIDI if you want to make a good sounding version. I'll send you a PM. (Hopefully I'll have it done by mid July... depends how long it takes me to get Finale I guess.)
Kthx.

If I'm on holiday It's not my fault.

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Could somoene post a midi? I wanna stick it through reason and make it sound slightly more real.
My plan is to order Finale Academic, and redo the music I did in Noteworthy in Finale, then combine that with the drumline stuff that Rainman DX was awesome enough to arrange. Once I've done that and have a final version, I'll definitely send you a MIDI if you want to make a good sounding version. I'll send you a PM. (Hopefully I'll have it done by mid July... depends how long it takes me to get Finale I guess.)
Kthx.

If I'm on holiday It's not my fault.

Whatever. If you're on holiday I'll hate you forever. :P (omg jay slash kay you're a cool guy for offering)

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So I'll tell you what the word is -

Had drum camp at Tech this past weekend, and Eric, our drumline specialist, informed some of us that his associate "Tater" is instructing the AU drumline this summer...

And apparently has been forced to start from square one with his people. Which is good for them, don't get me wrong - but it's still funny to me.

Proving yet again GT's superiority to AU in one more area.

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Sorry for the lack of updatage. You should have sent me a PM yelling at me, Rainman. :P

Here's the deal - director of bands here at AU has ignored my email about playing this piece this fall, so I guess it was an empty suggestion. I'm kind of annoyed, but not terribly surprised.

My birthday is Saturday, and I'm hoping to get Finale from my parents. If not, I'm going to buy it myself. Time to get caught up with the times.

I'm really not happy with the instrumentation, so I'm going to rewrite it once I get Finale. Rather than just trying to write out the whole thing, this time I'm going to start with a condensed score, so I'll have a reference when assigning parts to different instruments

I'm hoping to finish this up before the thick of football season, so people who requested copies for their bands can play it in the stands. Depends on the difficulty of my classes this semester, I guess.

I apologize for taking so freaking long with this... I think it's been half a year since I started. I've been distracted this summer with work and another sideproject of mine. The arrangement will be finished, but not before I'm happy with the results.

--

Oh, and about AU's drumline... I think I remember hearing something about them being really young this year. I dunno, though. I've been away from the whole band scene all summer, so I only hear bits and pieces.

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Don't want to lose this thread yet...

At least not before I get to hear the whole piece.

Is anybody working on making a midi of the new horns and drums? I'd really like a copy of the finished product.

Any new updates, Steben?

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School's kicking my butt. In additon to all my performing groups (symphonic band, marching band, men's chorus, low brass studio), I have three maths and a music history to worry about. Bleh. However, I don't have a football game to worry about this weekend, so I plan on installing Finale and transfering the song over.

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School's kicking my butt. In additon to all my performing groups (symphonic band, marching band, men's chorus, low brass studio), I have three maths and a music history to worry about. Bleh. However, I don't have a football game to worry about this weekend, so I plan on installing Finale and transfering the song over.

Goody, goody. I get to hear it first. I get to hear it first.

So, like, you gotta check out the Tech-Notre Dame game in two weeks. I hope it turns out well - we knocked off two 3rd ranked teams last year. Miami and ...

oh gosh...

What was that other one?? :roll:

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It would be a perfect marching piece. I would help if I could, but it doesn't sound like you have much on the percussion side of things.

PS: I heard a marching band play the zelda theme in a parade last year. It was pretty friggin sweet. =D

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...it doesn't sound like you have much on the percussion side of things.

... :|

Are you denying this?

It's truth, not criticism.

I'm not sure I know what you mean. The percussion part has already been written, just never midi'd accurately. If that's what you meant, then of course there's no denying it.

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...it doesn't sound like you have much on the percussion side of things.

... :|

Are you denying this?

It's truth, not criticism.

I'm not sure I know what you mean. The percussion part has already been written, just never midi'd accurately. If that's what you meant, then of course there's no denying it.

Maybe it's just my speakers, but I didn't hear any percussion. Of course, I am overly sensitive about those kinds of things. I am a percussionist after all.

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...it doesn't sound like you have much on the percussion side of things.

... :|

Are you denying this?

It's truth, not criticism.

I'm not sure I know what you mean. The percussion part has already been written, just never midi'd accurately. If that's what you meant, then of course there's no denying it.

:banghead:

...whew. This means that the recording that is posted in this thread doesn't have the percussion part I already wrote, though Steben is working in Finale to get it to sound accurate to the intention.

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Guys. Check back a couple pages, and you can see the score for the percussion parts that Rainman wrote back in the early summer/late spring.

I have a MIDI which combines my stuff and Rainman's percussion, but because of the way Finale notates stuff, and the way percussion music is actually read, there's no easy way (to my knowledge) to convert the written Finale part into a MIDI where the percussion instrumentation is correct. We're talking slide whistles instead of bass drums.

Anyway, my first priority in finishing this piece is to get it written correctly. I have it all in a Finale file right now, but I lost all my articulations when converting from Noteworthy to MIDI back to Finale. Also, there's some tweaking to the overall arrangement I need to do.

Once I'm happy with the written arrangement, I'll publish the score and some sort of recording here, and if you like it, you can PM me and I'll send you the individual parts. (I'd post the parts themselves, but I'd like to have an idea of who's playing my arrangement.)

Also at that point, I'll look into finding someone who might want to take the arrangement and create a synthesized verison for OCR/VGMIX/ThaSauce submission, since getting a marching band to create a decent recording of the piece that I'd have permission to submit to any of those places would be difficult. (I'll look into AU Marching Band, but even if we play it, the chances of us recording it and allowing me to submit it are slim.)

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Don't want to lose this thread yet...

At least not before I get to hear the whole piece.

Is anybody working on making a midi of the new horns and drums? I'd really like a copy of the finished product.

Any new updates, Steben?

But it's still pertinent now.

Hey, just out of curiosity, do you know of any translations to the lyrics to KOTR online? If so, could you post the link here? I tried searching for them, but didn't find anything.

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I'm on the final stretch of finishing this stuff. I did something weird with the key in the middle section (right after the 3-3-2-3-3-2 pattern part), which I'm trying to undo, since it sounds dumb now.

Also, KOTR lyrics!

Na na na...

Don't worry, do your best

It's picnic time, feel so good

A lovely afternoon

Then a wild midnight, yeah

Rolling it all forward, I love you, always a smile for you

It's a love moon just for you, hey so! You gotta keep going

Compression, compression

Matching T-shirts

Hand-knit mufflers

A heart-warming crowd milling about

Soak up the joy! Say goodbye (bye-bye)

Let's all roll forward, give it all you got

On a day like this let's dance and sing, I've got the leading role

It's my way, it's my way

*Na na na na na na na na na katamari damashi

Na na na na na na na na na katamari damashi

Na na na na na na na na na katamari damashi

Na na na na na na na na na katamari damashi

Drunk on feelings of peace

Yearning for the twinkling heavens

It's wonderful, that head

The deafening clamor of the festival

This is just like the big bang, I'm painting myself the color of you

If you need a reason, I just want to party

I'm rolling on, I'm rolling on

* repeat x 2

Source: http://www.chudahs-corner.com/lyrics/index.php?catalog=COCX-32760&id=4

EDIT: This game does not endorse drug use in any way, subtle or otherwise. Nope.

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http://steben.noplaceforatoaster.com/music/

I am done, folks. I feel.. as if I'm a more complete person now. Or something! I dunno.

Unfortunately I don't have a MIDI or other form of recording to showcase the final version of this arrangement, because Finale refuses to properly convert the piece into MIDI format. (The percussion is screwy when I do that... perhaps I'll get a version with just the winds up.) Ideally I want an MP3, but that's a feature found in Finale '07, and I have '06. We'll see if I can't work something out, because I'm sure the majority of you just want to know what it sounds like, and have no plans to get a marching band to play it.

Thanks guys, especially to Rainman DX. I think it's time I got started on homework for class tomorrow... I've kind of been putting it off to get this finished by the end of the weekend. :D

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