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      • #2013714 Reply
        wavy
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        @Oscar re Schickele
        I too remember his show but I had always assumed that PDQ was a made up thing just because well I don’t really know. Some times I am correct by accident.

        P. D. Q. Bach is a fictitious composer invented by the American musical satirist Peter Schickele, who developed a five-decade-long career performing the “discovered” works of the “only forgotten son” of the Bach family.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._Q._Bach

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      • #2013729 Reply
        woody
        Da Boss

        My finest claim to fame: I once showed PDQ… er Schickele… how to “play” electronic music, using RF interference patterns generated by an IBM 1620. Circa 1970.

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      • #2013777 Reply
        OscarCP
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        From Woody’s entry, that looks like he and Schiekele were playing with a sort of improvised theremin, varying the intensity of the radio signals converted to sound by moving around a receiver, rather than their hands to create a variable resonant circuit.

        I have been a long time fan of PDQ, and also liked to listen to his program on Public Radio, ‘Schiekele Mix’. I tried to find the recordings of this program, on DVD or on line, but they are not available, because of copyright issues with the music he played on the air to illustrate the topics about and around music theory, which he always explained so well and with such a sense of humor. And the subjects he chose, at least to me, were often not just interesting but also I learned several quite unexpected and even arresting things from his explanations, such as the fact that the pentatonic scale is used not just in Asia and by native peoples throughout the Americas, but also in much of Western music (in the general sense of ‘European’, not the particular one of ‘from the land of cowboys, bronco riding, California Girls, Ansazi ruins, ten gallon hats and gold rushes’), particularly in folk music. I had never noticed that until I learned this from him Then I started to notice it in the folk music I listened to.

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        • #2013796 Reply
          OscarCP
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          Wavy: PDQ was real, if you were to believe Schickele, who always said he was real. But there is some scope for justified skepticism, first, because Peter is a big joker. Also the actual instruments PDQ’s music was composed for and is supposed to be played on are not really period instruments. Finally, it is rather suspicious that PDQ was, supposedly, a composer of some note in his day, but ended up being the ONLY forgotten son of JSB. And finally final, nobody knows what ‘PDQ’ stands for. I know, I’ve asked around.

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          • #2014686 Reply
            wavy
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            Please Don’t Quit !
            😉

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      • #2014512 Reply
        Bundaburra
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        Apparently it stands for “Pretty D***ed Quick”?

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._Q._Bach

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        • #2014935 Reply
          mn–
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          Not in German… and possibly not in the 1700s anywhere?

          • #2015644 Reply
            OscarCP
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            mn- “Not in German… and possibly not in the 1700s anywhere?

            Yes! That is quite revealing, is it not? Unless, of course, JSB and the first Mrs. B had a brainstorm and decided to name him ‘Quintus”, he being their fifth born. But, unless someone (Schickele?) has done an amazingly proficient job of first scrubbing and then rewriting the Bach’s family records, according to them their fifth-born was no other than Carl Philip, the best known and most renowned son of the B family. So: still ample reason for skepticism here.

            https://www.classicfm.com/composers/bach/guides/children/

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      • #2212047 Reply

        I knew one of his cousins….and he was brilliant and as mad as a balloon, too. 🙂

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      • #2212087 Reply
        BATcher
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        ….and he was brilliant and as mad as a balloon,

        Just how mad is a balloon?  When new, it just sits there; when blown up and tied, it just sits there…

        BATcher

        Data is not the plural of anecdote...

      • #2212189 Reply
        OscarCP
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        Batcher: “Just how mad is a balloon?” Try this experiment: inflate one well inflated, then, instead of tying up the end you used to get the air in, just open your fingers and watch what happens.

        It might also make a sound that would have made PDQ stand up and cheer.

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