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The following selections are roughly in chronological order from most recent to earliest compositions. “Aurora Borealis" - 8.7 meg, 6:10, mp3  -  © 2015, Interpretation of the Aurora Borealis on a windy autumn evening. Very ethereal, ambient, and unstructured. “West Easterly Winds" - 2.5 meg, 3:37, mp3  -  © 2010, Another example of my continued efforts to craft a melody that no longer needs to follow a precise strict beat throughout the entire composition. "Will We Dance Again?" - 4 meg, 4:30, mp3  -  © 2010, Soothing, then builds, then levels back down. "Are We there Yet?" - 2.7 meg, 3:49, mp3  -  © 2010, Mostly a slow dance through most of the composition. "ChronIllogical Time" - 1 meg, 1:33, mp3  -  © 2009, A very different psychological flavor as compared to most of my other compositions. Just having fun! "Any Which Way" - 2.3 meg, 3:22, mp3  -  © 2009. This interpretation is based on a guitar composition I created back in my 20s, oh so many decades ago. "Borealis" - 3.2 meg, 4:33, mp3  -  © 2009, Methodical, Soothing. "Pulse of the Body Electric" - 1 meg, 1:18, mp3  -  © 2009, Think of the Energizer Bunny (or maybe even Thumper!) and Disco Madness! Very energizing. "WorldCon Presentation" - 1.3 meg, 2:57, mp3  -  © 2000, Fritha's Presentation at the World Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Masquarade Show year 2000!  "Northern Lights" - (Inspired by Fritha's Presentation at the World Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention of 2000. 3.1 Meg, 6:39 - mp3 NOTE: Some of the sound effects used were processed from ground based ELF-VLF recordings of Northern Lights captured and presented by Stephen P. McGrevy's web site. I found the audio recordings at at: http://www- pw.physics.uiowa.edu/mcgreevy/. Unfortunately, the site is now “forbidden” access. "Is Pan Dreaming Tonight?" - 1.8 Meg, 3:47, mp3  -  © 2003 The astute listener might notice that this composition is a variation of "Dance[ing] of the Rain Divas" series. I consider this composition to be the final rendition. You may note that the Rain Diva spirits appear to have undergone a metamorphosis into Pan. The flute you hear as part of the main theme was generated using YAMAHA's PLG150-VL sound card. This is a fantastic card capable of mimicking a number of string, wood, and wind instruments with extraordinary accuracy. Unfortunately, some of my personal recordings of crickets occasionally heard chirping in the background did not convert as well into the mp3 format as I would have liked. Certain "chirps" come across almost as if they have a metallic characteristic. This does not happen in the more accurate *.wav files. "Dancing With the Rain Divas" - 1.6 meg,  3:23, mp3. -  © 2003 This was a revision and vast improvement of a prior composition "Dance With the Rain Divas", which is no longer listed here. I used enhanced hardware, specifically YAMAHA's SW1000XG sound card. All audio was software and hardware synthesized, except for rain and thunder recorded off my front porch during a spring evening thunder storm, and laughter heard in the background, brought to you by my wife, Darlene P. Coltrain, playing the role of a Rain Diva. Software used: CakeWalk's SONAR and Acid Loops by Sonic Foundry. "Echoes From My Memory" - 2.3 meg, 4:53, mp3.  -  © 2003 Composed it on an AMDK6 PC a 400 MhZ processor speed using sound synthesis software created by Yamaha. This was my second attempt at music composition, after "Dance with the Rain Divas". No special hardware was used other than an audio card. All audio was software synthesized. Software: Cakewalk Pro Audio.
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