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M. Dale Prins

Mommy says I may only talk about handbells.

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For the two of you who care: My three-movement piece that I mentioned four posts above, titled "The Sublime Numbers," won honorable mention (i.e. third place) in the 2006 SoundPrint Productions Handbell Composition Contest. I had really bipolar opinions of "The Sublime Numbers"

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Wow.

I'm really quite curious about the sublimity found in 6086555670238378989670371734243169622657830773351885970528324860512791691264

That's quite a number.

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In short:

A perfect number is a number where the positive divisors (other than the number itself), when summed, add up to the perfect number. 6 has divisors 1, 2, and 3 (and 6), and since 1+2+3=6, 6 is a perfect number. Same for 28: 1+2+4+7+14=28.

A sublime number is a number where both the number of divisors and the sum of divisors (including the number itself) are perfect numbers. The first sublime number is 12, because 12 has a perfect number of divisors (6) and its divisors add up to a different perfect number (1+2+3+4+6+12=28). The second sublime number is 6086555670238378989670371734243169622657830773351885970528324860512791691264. (The proof is left as an exercise for the reader.) There is no known third sublime number.

Dale

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I am sorry, but this latest (short, interlude-ish) piece of mine has no handbells in it.

track_5.mp3

Dale

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I am sorry, but this latest (short, interlude-ish) piece of mine has no handbells in it.

track_5.mp3

Dale

Have you actually attempted to score this? I'd be interested in seeing how the timing works when it is formally written out.

Are the strings recorded backwards?

The piece would work great in a suspense film intro.

-s.

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I give it a 37. Just can't dance to it. I did note that if you hear it as morse code, it says "handbells rule"

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: Have you actually attempted to score this?

Oh, sure -- I score pretty much everything I write, even if it's not meant for sheet music. Minus the fade in/fade out, here's the entire piece:

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Top line is oboe, second line is harp, third line is piano, and bottom two lines are cello and string bass. (Ignore the brackets; I don't know why they're there.) Nothing is recorded backwards, although the strings do vaguely sound like it for some reason. And I'm not happy with the fade out; use the piece at some point, I'll fix that.

: I give it a 37. Just can't dance to it.

Poo. You don't think Madonna will pick it up for her next album?

Dale

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This, I think, turned out quite well. Sorry for posting it five months early, though.

Dale

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