Evolution of the Saxophone

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    We first recall that John Coltrane's Both Directions at Once, Giant Steps, and others, are classics in the evolution of saxophone virtuosity.

    The Lost Album
    John Coltrane’s majestic 1963 session, Both Directions at Once, is discovered

    As the article states, Coltrane died of liver cancer. Many do not know that the cancer was hepatitis B-induced hepatocellular carcinoma. Coltrane experimented in chord-stacking and other techniques that were well ahead of their time, Today it is possible to play the genes for hepatocellular carcinoma on the saxophone, which sequences challenge anyone who thinks they have a command over their instrument. This is an exercise in motor skills and decision making of which Coltrane was an adept, no doubt about it. In an amino acid approach (reminiscent of Coltrane's "Nature Boy"), Nature itself has already written the sheet music.

    To follow the sheet music of any living organism means to read and play its amino acid sequences. It is interesting that, unknown to us, not only was Coltrane's album being released (June 2018), amino acid saxophone was coming into being during these same weeks. As it progressed, a colleague mentioned to this writer the "Pi Piano" that can be seen and heard at youtube. This was a pleasant inspiration, because it showed that another human was working along these same lines. We note that the Pi approach has a limited range of ten digits, whereas the amino acid saxophone has a basic range of twenty amino acids which can be assigned to the keys of the instrument.

    In assigning the amino acids to the keys of the saxophone, we used the isoelectric points of amino acids, each one being unique. Arranging their pH values from high to low, we arrive at a template that can be used to read amino acid sequences, applied to such things as reading of important genes such as found in dyslexia, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, etc.
     
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    Unlike guitar or piano, many woodwinds are not instruments that can be monitored to see where the fingers are moving, an exception is the soprano sax. It is a more abstract approach to visuo-motor skills. So that the musically inclined can begin to hear the world of amino acids, we offer our initial isoelectric approach for assigning concert pitch to the tenor saxophone:

    Amino acid is on left, concert pitch sax key is on right:

    R E flat

    K D

    H C sharp

    P C

    A B

    L B flat

    G A

    V A flat

    I G

    W F sharp

    M F

    S E

    Y E flat

    Q D

    T C sharp

    F C
    ----------------------------------------------- Octave Key Line

    N B

    C B flat

    E A

    D A flat

    This is our original assignment for the 20 amino acids, and can be applied to a piano keyboard, including moving the octave range. From the middle A flat down, the keys are assigned just as the upper register, with the following G being I (isoleucine), until one comes again to the lowest note, A flat.

    For Halloween, we have inserted ominous-sounding chords to those amino sequences that contain such things as lethal or disease-causing mutations, which mutations change the melody line somewhat. Though this method can be used as a creative tool by musicians, it also affords an added human sense for memory retention of study material for students of medicine, science, etc.

    We hope that other world-famous sax players (such as Chris Potter) investigate the challenge of amino acid music.
     
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    Having owned a Selmer Mark VI tenor sax, a personal boycott of Selmer will be a lasting one. The Mendini tenor sax (made in Italy) is indeed heavy, though that should prompt at least a few prisoners to begin thinking about a life of chronically having the damn thing hanging around their necks. We will use the Mendini placed on a stand that can still allow some freedom of movement when seated or standing. Admirably, Mendini has done a stellar job in producing a tenor saxophone.
     
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    Towards Freeing the Prisoners

    Woodwind players across the world have always seemed to be prisoner of one note at a time. Selmer Corporation knew as early as 1987 that these players could have both melody and chord production capability at their fingertips. Over the decades, we watched as MIDI controllers such as EWI and Roland created a market that to this day still does not allow woodwinds to explore the fascinating world of chord production from their instrument. We wait no longer.

    The electric saxophone was a reality in 1987, and chord-producing came by serendipity. The apparatus, based on solenoids, could be attached to any keyboard in the world. Connection to a digital synth keyboard, however, was more problematic due to electromagnetic interference in proximity to digital circuits. Nonetheless, optoisolators mostly solved the problem, though this voided the warranty on the synth side of things. If the reader attempts an electric sax, we suggest they be aware of preventing such experimentations by a company's future designs. Solenoids must be extended to a safe proximity, but this also gives the flexibility of attachment to any keyboard.

    Currently, one approach is to split the left and right hands on the woodwind instrument so that a melody can be played simultaneously along with chord accompaniment by the other hand. This approach is reminiscent of Coltrane's Both Directions at Once. A similar trajectory is the one-handed saxophone used by stroke victims (youtube). In addition, we have already outlined all chords as they can be adapted to amino acid music. The orthography of this music pretty much eliminates at least four lines of the traditional musical staff, at least the eye-straining clusters of black dots with flags that give the prisoner a certain amount of time between measures. The placing of various notes in the amino acid system uses dots placed above or below the letter of the amino acid to designate where on the instrument the target note is located. The system of orthography may evolve considering such things as dyslexia, etc.
     
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    Benefits of the Electric Sax

    The sound of a real saxophone can be superimposed over synth sounds

    The player can add vocals and backup vocals while simultaneously producing music from their instrument

    Electric sax on a stand helps to prevent fatigue

    Fingering exercises for chord and melody production is as challenging as it can get when amino acids are substituted for the musical names of the notes. This approach gives as much variation possibility as a Moog One can give variety of sound patches.
     
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    Coltrane's famous tune that pioneered chord stacking, here reproduced with an incredible duel horn harmony passage at lightning speed:

    Woody Herman, Giant Steps
     
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    Somewhat similar to what amino acid melodies sound like on sax is Chris Potter's solo starting at around time-point 2:36.

    Chris Potter
     
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    I learned Sax off a Black guy, he and I could not read music. I learned a method call Soul Sax and it got me far with a lot of pleasure. I was strange Sitting in with a bunch of black guys looking white. I even got a name "Sky Man.". Funny how life is. I learn how to play BASS upright. Strange that I was able to read the bass cleft.
     
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    Yep take the soul out of the music too.
     
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    People: music comes from the Soul it always has from the Delta to the City. If you don't have soul you are nothing but wind chimes. Some people play what they feel this is why some people don't play with the song because it does not move them. Music brings out the "whats happening" to those who hear it and they ID with what you are playing and feeling that the connection they like. Even some of the 60s music brings back feeling on some songs. Mind is "If I could Keep time in a Bottle". I hope you understand why electronic SAX or any other thing sucks.
     

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