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(, Thu 26 Aug 2010, 11:47)
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Vergib mir, Vater, denn ich habe gesündigt.
When I was a wee lad I was given a natty little electronic gizmo called Merlin. A fine toy it was, and it kept me occupied for hours on end. One of the entertainments it offered was charmingly called Music Machine. This assigned ten musical notes to the buttons on the keypad, with the 0 being a pause, and the carefree owner could "record" a top-ten hit and play it back in all its wonderful pre-Nokia monophonic glory.

The accompanying instruction manual included a selection of musical pieces, complete with their numeric instructions, one of which was Ode to Joy. I'd not been aware of that particular piece of classical bombast until then, but I fell head over heels in love with it. I played that beepy tune over and over and over until everyone around me was heartily sick of it. I'm surprised none of them threatened to buy me an LP (showing my age) of the recording just to stop me murdering Beethoven's memory.

Anyway, the consequence of my obsession with a monophonic beepy rendition of Ode to Joy is that even now, thirty years later, I can't, for the life of me, stop thinking of that infernal numerical sequence whenever I hear that part of the 4th Movement.

All together now...

4 4 5 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 3 4 4 3 3 0 4 4 5 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 2 2 0 3 3 4 2 3 5 4 2 3 5 4 3 2 3 1

If you're reading this, Meister Beethoven, entschuldigung Sie, bitte. I am so, so, sorry. Please forgive me.
(, Sat 28 Aug 2010, 22:16, 26 replies)
the worst part is
i look at those numbers and i can hear the notes :(
(, Sat 28 Aug 2010, 22:22, closed)
Did you also have a Merlin when a wee lass?

(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 9:26, closed)
my cousin did
but she was more interested in playing with my girl's world doll-head, so i got to play with her merlin
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 22:54, closed)
Same :(
and it's "entschuldigen Sie"
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 9:55, closed)

Can be either. I was taught -gung, but -gen is equally valid.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 14:03, closed)
It's either "Entschuldigung" or "entschuldigen Sie".

[/German translator]
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 20:27, closed)
Ich bin Ungar
Guten Einkauf.
(, Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:36, closed)
I too
am terribly sad and can hear the numbers.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 11:28, closed)
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 12:39, closed)
He wouldn't have been able
to hear it anyway.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 2:54, closed)
The most desperate post i've ever read on here.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 3:55, closed)
I sang the numbers as I read them.
Now it's stuck in my head...
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 4:00, closed)
My work here is done.

(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 9:27, closed)
I need more.
I took your numbers and applied them to my Yamahatastic keyboard.

Where 4=b, and I immediately have that tune stucked to the core of my brain.

Could I have the remaining piece of this numerical masterpiece?
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 10:15, closed)

Well, 0 4 4 5 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 2 2 would finish the phrase, but Merlin had a limit of 48 notes, as I recall, so couldn't cope with the piece in its entirety.

Happy candle day, by the way.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 14:06, closed)
I remember this
It was my first encounter with Beethoven's Ninth and I've loved it ever since. I was in the Albert Hall last night watching my boyfriend sing in the fourth movement.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 11:05, closed)
The RAH?
I bet that was superb. If I'd known there was a performance I'd have booked a ticket.
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 14:09, closed)
You bastard
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 19:35, closed)
Keyboard self-tuition FTW!
When I was considerably younger, I elected to teach myself the piano. We didn't have a piano; my mother bought me a keyboard and a teac-yourself book that instructed young learners to think of Middle C as key 1 and gave the tunes accordingly. Similarly, I now can't hear this piece of music without hearing it as 3-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-3-4-4...
(, Sun 29 Aug 2010, 20:34, closed)
I do the ame thing with Jingle Bells (obviously I have less sophiticated tastes than you but still, it amuses me)

3-3-3, 3-3-3, 3-5-1-2-3, 4-4-4-4-4...I forgot the rest but when ever I hear it I always either sing softly or at least think "Three, three three etc." You have made me happy.
(, Mon 30 Aug 2010, 9:25, closed)
Well well well...
I was clearing out some boxes the other day and found my old Merlin. Want it?
(, Tue 31 Aug 2010, 7:32, closed)
You tempt me.

(, Wed 1 Sep 2010, 10:51, closed)
It still works, I tested it.
And found I still remembered how to beat every gave despite not having touched the thing in decades.
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 3:59, closed)
By the way I'm not trying to sell it to you
Pick it up or pay for the postage and its yours...
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 3:59, closed)
after that
I now want to hear it on a stylophone!
(, Tue 31 Aug 2010, 12:07, closed)
I couldn't find a stylophone version.
But I did find a version by Beaker, of Muppets fame: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpcUxwpOQ_A
(, Wed 1 Sep 2010, 10:50, closed)

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