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About adaysvexations

This is just my temporary blog with my thoughts on listening to Erik Satie's "Vexations" in its entirety. Let the fun begin.

Apologies for the delay…

As I continue to formulate and organize ideas for what will become a paper on this topic of listening to “Vexations,” I find myself rather obligated to not leave this blog hanging.  So, first of all, here is the final … Continue reading

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Finally.

1:15AM- DONE! Stats- Number of Cycles: 840 Time of Listening: 18:15 Appearances of Bass Theme: 3361 (1681 on its own, 1680 with chords) Halucinations: 0   Good night, everyone.  I’ll write my final thoughts after I get some sleep.

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Final ten!

12:27AM- Something I would have done differently: Find a recording that doesn’t decrescendo.  Something I’m thankful for: The version I’m listening to is over in 18 ½ hours, not 25-28. 12:34AM- I will find anything in my own music resembling … Continue reading

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Almost there…

11:09PM- The cat is no longer silent.  In fact, he’s quite vocal now.  I can’t say I blame him.  Satie, you are a genius.  And I hate you. 11:16PM- I’m coming up on 750 cycles.  I’m actually starting to get … Continue reading

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Evil thoughts?

9:40PM- Ok, there has to be more to say about this experience than “I’m bored.”  Then again, boredom is something for which Satie was aiming in more than a few pieces.  Each chord is now simply there- no shape, no … Continue reading

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Beverages.

8:03PM- Another zone-out.  I am finding it increasingly difficult to focus on the music. 8:24PM- Beer. 8:44PM- Without thinking, I almost pressed the pause button on my computer, thinking, “Wow, this music is getting annoying.”  I guess we’re at that … Continue reading

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Two thirds.

5:58PM- The piece is once again taking on a more familiar tone, somewhat like a friend who’s returned after a long trip.  The first and last notes of the bass theme continue to assert their dominance over the rest of … Continue reading

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