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Going Home

Based upon Dvorak’s Largo

For Bernoulli Involute and Voice

Mike Sterling 2016

Patterns in Music

Notice the Patterns!  They more you look, the more you see.

The Bernoulli Involute with 36 strings arranged at 30 degree increments.


In trying to learn something about music and  exploring the musical instrument that I created. I've discovered things new to me. Here is some background.

There is a famous song that most of us have heard from childhood.  It is called 'Going Home'.  The  music is not difficult, but in trying to learn the patterns, I was not experienced enough to have all of them jump out for me.

I use a simple notation that depends upon colour and the 12 tone intervals that are at the heart of piano music.  This is known as the Chromatic Scale.

Piano music runs from 0 to 8. This is shown in the keyboard layout below.  Only 3 notes are in interval 0 and 1 in interval 8 while the rest have 12 tones.

Historically, these intervals are called 'octaves', but they consist of 12 tones, not 7. (the 8th note or 13 note doubles or halves the pitch.)

So, looking at Going Home, you will see that we are dealing with notes that are part of intervals 3, 4 and 5 of the piano only.  Playing 'Going Home' from the melody only, we use  8 notes out of 36 possible on the Bernoulli Involute.  We pair them with their vibrations per second.  You can scramble the order in any way you want.

(146.832) D3, (174.614) F3, (195.998)G3, (22.000) A3(233.082) A3#, (261.626) C4, (293.665) D4, (349.228) F4

I learned the song 'Going Home' somewhat arduously and I can haltingly play it.  The colours aid me in seeing the patterns.  I also put little coloured dots on the Bernoulli near the base of the strings to conform with the music. 

There is nothing new in that or more to the point ...  there is nothing that a beginning piano student could not do better without any aids.  It's not a difficult melody.

What was new for me is this:  By experimentation I learned, I can start at any of the coloured notes, then meander around traversing the other 7 and it still sounds just fine to me. This procedure generates 'new' music.  I can spin off new tunes kind of like a jazz pianist might do.

I can go backward, forewords or take most any path with repeats at my whim.  I suspect that gifted musicians know this well and they can take properly chosen notes and make something out of them without too much effort. It was a revelation for me, but probably old hat to good musicians.

Conclusion:  I can take a path through the 8 notes in any order and that path produces 'pleasant sounds'  Double and triple plucking and moving on forward and back works as well.

Does this work because I have distilled the melody of Going Home down to its most basic tones?  Can this 'distillation' be extended to other well written melodies?  I suspect so.

I'd like to hear from readers about this.  Have they ever experimented in this way?

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Going Home Sung by Legends

Listen to four versions of Going Home

Hearing the same song sung by different voices lends a richness to the music.  Please listen to the four renditions of Going Home.


Sissel Kyrkjebø


Paul Robeson


Deanna Durbin

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