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I've just recorded what may be the most beautiful thing to have come out of my fingers and equipment, which I've called Thing 002. It's on my main page and at Soundcloud. It feels to me like it came directly from my sadness with little interference from my mind. I'm still too close to it to be objective - if I everamobjective - but I think it stands up OK. It's a little incoherent like my sadness, but after several listens it still stands up for me. I hope you like it.

btw, I've decided to start calling my stuff "Thing_xxx" where xxx is a number between 1 and 999 with leading zeroes. That gives a long way to go before I have to come up with a new naming convention. The "Thing" part is the result of trying several other naming conventions that didn't feel right to me. "Opus" has too many snooty connotations. "Etude" felt right for a while, but what I do can't really be called studies, so that doesn't fit. "Thing" is not only unpretentious to me, but the only connotation it evokes for me is Dr. Suess, and I don't think anyone would have any snooty connotations from that, in fact, quite the opposite. I think that even if you have certain associations or things you would like to evoke in mind, it is much better to let the Listener make their own associations and allow whatever is to be evoked happen (or not) for the Listener.

Oh, and forget what I said about sadness above. ;-)

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Comment by g.a.b. on February 9, 2012 at 9:13pm
Beautiful melancholy! Am enjoying it's breadth as I write this...
Comment by Brad Ross-MacLeod on February 9, 2012 at 10:02pm

Another lovely piece.  Very nice....

Comment by g.a.b. on February 9, 2012 at 10:03pm
Captured & converted to mp3 for playback on my Blackberry (or in the car). This just might show up on a future mix.
: )
Comment by Daniel Lahey on February 10, 2012 at 12:19am

I would be honored, g.a.b. (if that is your real name), and thank you to you both. I still have some blockage between my ear and my fingers that I need to work on, but I think a fair amount made it through with this piece. Thanks for listening - I appreciate it.

Comment by Tony Scharf on February 10, 2012 at 12:51am

Excellent sound.  Very simple and effective.  

Comment by Daniel Lahey on February 10, 2012 at 2:41pm

Thank you! It's flawed, but like you said, I think it is effective in that it sounds very much like my sadness. I need more practice at the keyboard (always). Cheers.

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