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8.4. Creating a MIDI Composition (Tutorial)

We've created a demonstration of what a first-time user might try for their first project with Qtractor. The following sequences demonstrate the decision-making, and the various features that could be learned. This does not attempt to show a generic method for creation, but rather the specific way that I created a new composition with the inspiration stated below.

8.4.1. Inspiration

The goal of this demonstration is to illustrate a particular strength of Qtractor: combining audio and MIDI tracks. I decided to start with a portion of one of my favourite compositions, and to compose a MIDI-based "alter-ego" to go along with it. The piece is listed below in "Requirements."
Since that particular movement is a "theme and variations" movement, it starts with a theme, then continues with varied versions of that theme. The theme is in two parts, each of which is repeated once. Beethoven uses several compositional techniques that are typical of his time period, and achieves a consistently similar, but consistently new, movement.
We are no longer bound by the aesthetic rules of Beethoven's time. We are also using a very different style of notation with Qtractor - the matrix editor does not even resemble standard Western musical notation.
Another interesting aspect of this piece is that, unless you have access to the same audio recording that I used, you will not be able to experience the piece as I do. Playing the MIDI alone gives a completely different experience, and it is one that I knew would happen. This sort of "mix-and-match" approach to music-listening is more common than you might think, but rarely is it done in such an active way; normally, the "extra sound" of listening to music is provided by traffic, machines like furnaces and microwave ovens, and even people in a concert hall or auditorium with you. The fact that my audio files cannot be legally re-distributed forced me to add a conscious creative decision into every listening of the piece.