SIM:JP - Ensign Karynn Ehlanii and Ensign Valis - Musical Counseling
((The Symphony, DS17))
::Karynn wandered among the shops on the Promenade. She was wishing she could make friends, but she wasn't entirely sure about how to do so. She fought the urge to slink back to her quarters on the ship and hide. She was getting tired of introducing herself - and yet, at the same time, she wanted at least one friend aboard the Ronin. A shop called The Symphony caught her eye. oO Cool - I could get a new instrument here.Oo She walked along the aisles browsing the instruments. She stopped at the flute section, that happened to be near the store front. She was looking at a bamboo flute from Earth when she heard her name coming from an unfamiliar voice.Oo
Valis: Ensign Ehlanii
::Karynn turned to see the speaker and noticed that it was the Vulcan from the bridge of the Ronin. She was slightly embarrassed at herself for not having recognized her voice. ::
Valis: I am Ensign Valis, a Communications Officer aboard the Ronin.
Ehlanii: I'm Ensign Ehlanii... but you already knew that.
Valis: Indeed. I wonder if you might help me find a suitable instrument.
Ehlanii: Well, I do have some musical background. What kind of instrument are you looking for?
Valis: I have decided to study the logic of musical mathematics and I require an instrument that is sufficiently easy to learn and yet complicated enough that I might study complex mathematical interactions with it. Do you have any suggestions?
Ehlanii: Well, you have a few different options. I know that some of the strings - like guitars and other guitar-like instruments - are known to be particularly easy to learn the basics on. But vibrations of strings are very mathematical - a particular interest of some is the harmonic series.
Valis: The harmonic series? Please elaborate.
Ehlanii: Well, actually the harmonic series exists in all instruments - its just that the math is particularly simple with strings. In the winds, the instrument's timbre is dependent on which of the intervals in the harmonic series it voices. So a trumpet sounds like a trumpet because it voices different intervals than, say, a french horn - or a flute. Which brings me to another instrument you could try. The flute is a fun instrument to learn - not too hard, once you get the proper technique for blowing down. There are lots of different kinds of flutes - and each has a slightly different timbre, depending on its size and what it is made out of.
Valis: Several flute-like instruments have been developed on Vulcan. Harps as well.
Ehlanii: You could probably buy a few different kinds to work with. I'd stay away from the electronic or synthesized instruments though - you won't get the pure natural tones of an instrument made with strings or out of wood or metal if you're just synthesizing the sound. It may hamper your efforts to study the "natural" mathematics of music.
Ehlanii: I could teach you if you'd like. My mom is a musician and my siblings and I all learned how to play many different kinds. Since then, I've taught myself how to play many of the other instruments using holodeck programs. Those teaching programs are actually quite good too. Speaking of holodecks, if you're a visual person, they have a program that turns music into lights and colors and patterns. Sometimes its fun to go in there, run the program, play your instrument, and see what the holodeck comes up with.
Valis: I believe I will contain my studies to the actual harmonics of music rather than artificially created visual representations of them. But thank you for the suggestion.
::Karynn was enjoying talking about music - and enjoying having someone to talk to. She was anxious to not lose a friend.::
Ehlanii: You know, we could play together sometime. Having multiple instruments playing in duet could be beneficial in studying the mathematical interactions of music.
Valis: Intriguing prospect. That would be most helpful. I will be sure to contact you once I have decided on an instrument. Thank you, Counselor. ::raising her hand in the Salute:: Live long and prosper.
Ehlanii: ::Raising her hand in matching salute:: Peace and Long life. oO I've always wanted to do that for real.Oo
::Valis began to move about the store once more. Fifteen minutes later, she left the store with a violin that the shopkeeper said was an exact replica of the one Sherlock Holmes had used. The comment had caused Valis to raise an eyebrow and point out the fact that Holmes was a fictional character and therefore no such original existed. She had also bought a Baby Grand Piano, which the shopkeeper would arrange to have beamed to her quarters aboard the Ronin within the hour.::
"How Not to Open a Door"
|Lieutenant J.G. Karynn Ehlanii
USS Ronin NCC-34523
"Getting to Know You"
USS Ronin NCC-34523