Paragon was a synthesizer rock band consisting of my friend Rich Green and me, at least in its most stable form, while I was attending Duke University and Rich was attending nearby Elon College. We composed songs mostly during the years 1986 and 1987, and recorded an album at a recording studio in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Songs were performed on an Ensoniq ESQ-1 synthesizer, a Korg (don't remember the modeal number), and a Casio RZ-1 drum machine. All songs copyright 1987, Tim Edwards and Rich Green.
Song Format Music Lyrics Synthesizers Vocals Size (KB) Length (s) I Will Be The One MP3 Tim Edwards Rich Green Tim Edwards, Rich Green Rich Green 3992KB 4:09 Ozymandias MP3 Tim Edwards Tim Edwards Tim Edwards, Rich Green Rich Green 4361KB 4:32 Punjab Jam MP3 Tim Edwards, Rich Green (instrumental) Tim Edwards, Rich Green (instrumental) 3217KB 3:21 Pandora's Box MP3 Tim Edwards Tim Edwards Tim Edwards, Rich Green Rich Green 6177KB 6:26
Compositions that I recorded back in 1989.
"Opus 1, Number 1" was composed while I was in high school, and one of two pieces I played at a talent show at the Virginia Governor's School at Virginia Tech in 1985.
Song Format Date Size (KB) Length (s) After Mannheim MP3 1989 4269KB 4:26 Short Clip MP3 1987 771KB 0:48 Serendipity MP3 1989 3226KB 3:21 Trumpet Involuntary MP3 1989 2492KB 2:35 Opus 1, Number 1 MP3 1984 2780KB 2:53
"Short Clip" is just that, a nice short instrumental clip I had on my synthesizer for a long time, but never developed into anything. It might make a good ring tone, though.
"Serendipity" is a piano piece, and this is a very bad recording of it that I should update.
The remaining two pieces are short instrumental works played on various synthesizers including my Ensoniq ESQ-1 and Mirage sampler, the Casio RZ-1 drum machine, and recorded during a session of playing with a 4-channel mixer I borrowed from Rich.
Song Format Date Sarabande Letter/PostScript 1994 Sarabande Letter/PDF 1994 Sarabande A4/PostScript 1994 Prelude Letter/PostScript 1994 Prelude Letter/PDF 1994 Prelude A4/PostScript 1994
There are other efforts around to provide freeware for music typography, most of which are concerned with actual typesetting, or having a system which can accept music as a notational stream and figure out how to break it into staffs and pages, expanding and compressing measures as needed, just like a text typesetter expands and compresses white space for correct left-right justification of the text. The goal, of course, is not to have to enter any music by notation, but from a keyboard (i.e., through MIDI). . . or better yet, directly off of a microphone, tape, CD, etc. However, the latter method is a problem akin to speech recognition. Music typesetting is not easy, either, having always been more art than science.
For a wealth of information, see Lilypond, part of the ``GNU Music Project (GMP).''
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