Benji Flaming

Titania’s Music Box

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An exercise in restraint. With the exception of the introduction and ending, this tune is composed from a palette of 9 harmonics.

For those of you who don’t play stringed instruments, perhaps I should explain that a “harmonic” (in this context) is a note which is played while lightly touching the string in one of several mathematically significant locations. The finger on the string prevents certain vibrations from occurring, while leaving other vibrations unobstructed. The result is that we hear a different pitch. If you want to know more, Google and Wikipedia are your friends. ;)

The title of this tune is, of course, a reference to the queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. And yes, this will be on my upcoming solo banjo CD. :)

(Archived video post from 2008-10-08)

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