The
Basics
Computer
Audio
The
Details
System
Configuration
The
Credentials
The
Development
The
Music
The 3D Audio
Experience
Headphones
vs. Speakers
The
Appendix

THE MUSIC

Talking about music is one thing, but the music needs to be heard to be properly appreciated and fulfill its function. If you wish to listen to several examples of what DR ROC is capable of performing under the direction of Chaz Williams, an eight track audio demo of DR ROC exploring what is possible with a Digital Rock’n’Roll Orchestra and Chorus under Chaz’s direction is available at the link below. All of the tracks in the DR ROC demo, are, of course, only in stereo because to hear full Stereo Quadraphonic 3D audio requires both a stereo quadraphonic set of speakers and amplifiers.

www.chazwilliams.x10host.com/newtracks.html

"Fanfare Blues" is the theme song for DR ROC. It explores combining several different drum patterns/sounds and a heavy metal guitar sound and replacing the traditional brass fanfare sounds with a variety of synthesized sounds to create a unique rock’n’roll/blues fanfare that illustrates Chaz’s approach to fusing a wide range of musical elements.

Chaz’s arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s classic jazz standard "Take Five" is a perfect example of his approach to fusing multiple genres of music into a single composition. Two drummers (rock trap set and Latin percussion), two bass guitars (synth and slap bass), two electric guitars (rock and wah) and several synthesizers in addition to the tenor saxophone solo that Chaz performs on a USB MIDI keyboard controller.

"Jazzberry Jam" is an arrangement of a song Chaz wrote during his jazz improvisation class in junior college some fifty years ago. Just a small group of musicians – 2 drummers, bass, guitar, saxophone, flute, piano and organ. All parts are, of course, digital and performed by Chaz on his USB MIDI piano keyboard controller.

"OMG" is a synthesizer solo over a pretty aggressive rhythm track that includes three drummers, three guitars, a vocal chorus and synthesized brass. The synthesized sound itself is quite expressive and Chaz recorded his first explorations with the sound over this rhythm track. "March of the Mad Dwarves" is an arrangement that starts with a simple rock beat and transforms that basic set of chords and rhythms into a full blown orchestral and choral arrangement with interacting rhythmic and melodic elements. Think of each additional musical part as being associated with a different dwarven culture (playing completely different parts but they all work together perfectly) and you will get a glimpse of the animation that accompanies this music.

"March of the Mad Dwarves" is an arrangement that starts with a simple rock beat and transforms that basic set of chords and rhythms into a full blown orchestral and choral arrangement with interacting rhythmic and melodic elements. Think of each additional musical part as being associated with a different dwarven culture (playing completely different parts but they all work together perfectly) and you will get a glimpse of the animation that accompanies this music.

Mixed Onions” is so named because the bass line and the idea of an organ solo are borrowed from “Green Onions” by Booker T & the MGs and mixed with influences from “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock and “Baby Elephant Walk” by Henry Mancini.

"Streets of Heaven" is a first attempt at adding a digital singing voice to one of Chaz’s original songs. This composition incorporates various musical elements - a walking bass line, three drummers (a trap set, Latin and African percussion), half a dozen different vocal parts, two guitars and some horns. Please note that all the voices are digital.

The last track is an exploration of digital voice samples “singing” over a drum beat that incorporates rhythms from rock, bossa nova, reggae and boogie. Just the basic musical idea in need of further exploration.

As part of the SQ 3D website mentioned previously, I explain and illustrate how to export from Cubase and create a Stereo Quadraphonic 3D (10 channel) audio .WAV file that can be played by readily available and properly configured software not necessarily associated with playing multichannel three-dimensional audio. But a full complement of speakers and amplifiers is still required, and must also be properly configured, to create any truly three dimensional audio environment/experience.


The
Basics
Computer
Audio
The
Details
System
Configuration
The
Credentials
The
Development
The
Music
The 3D Audio
Experience
Headphones
vs. Speakers
The
Appendix

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