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ment a part, a section where that instrument shines among the other ones,” the eighth-grader said. “It’s an equilibrium.” “It’s sort of like a movie soundtrack,” he added. “It starts off slow, and then builds up.” True to his intentions, Staterae incorporated musical roles for 15 different instruments, including two different trumpet parts, euphonium, triangle, violin and bass clarinet. “He knew exactly which students and instruments he was writing for,” Hutton said. “He really customized this to

our group of kids, and I applaud that.” Staterae is approximately 3.5 minutes long. Papsun wrote his tunes in the computer program Finale 2012, a modern method which actually slowed completion of the first piece. “I was working on it and I went into the computer to access the file and I found that half of it was gone,” he said. “It had all been erased and I couldn’t do anything to recover it.” However, the unexpected loss turned out to be a catalyst for creativity. “Looking at the end-product, I think it worked out for the better, because I had to change a lot of things which I wouldn’t have

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changed otherwise,” he said. “Even though I wasn’t the happiest camper at the time, it worked out in the end.” Having never used Finale 2012 before, Staterae took some time to finish. But with the first song under his belt, Papsun composed Event Horizon — 3.5 minutes in length, but less complex than Staterae — in just two weeks. “Event Horizon is more rockish, kind of like the Mission Impossible theme,” he said. “It’s fast-paced and aggressive.” To compose a song, Papsun begins with the primary melody. “I make the main melody and then I give it to whatever instrument I want it to go to,” he said. “Then I start thinking which other instruments would sound good simultaneously. I start thinking about countermelody. Sometimes I just experiment to see what works.” “If I get an idea in my

head, I can’t just leave it there — I have to do something about it,” he added. “If I have the main melody playing in the background with nothing else, then I can really begin fleshing out what could work.” For influence, Papsun listens all over. “I have a lot of really weird musical tastes,” he said. “My usage of an unusual time signature — 5/4 — is inspired by the band Dream Theater. They use many different time signatures.” “I’m really into progressive rock, which is rock for people who get bored by normal melodies,” he added. During the concert, Papsun played tenor sax in Staterae and piano in Event Horizon. Fellow performers of the 85-member band have been supportive of their classmate’s compositions. “I wasn’t expecting the response to be as positive, but

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