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Old 08-20-2004, 01:37 PM
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Songs that can be played on an eight-note toy xylophone

My daughter has got a little toy xylophone. It's got eight keys, going from low-pitched to high-pitched from left to right (I'll refer to these as keys A [low] through H [highest]).

My sister-in-law showed us how to play part of "Joy to the World", like so (in time to the music):

Joy to the world
H-G-F-E

The Lord has come
D-C-B-A

Let earth receive her king
A-B B-C C-D

Let every heart prepare Him room
E-F-G-H ...

.......................

And that's about as far as we can remember. We haven't been able to work out the other notes on our own. How would the rest of the first stanza go (through And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing)?

Also, can the house suggest some more songs we could noodle out on the xylophone?
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Old 08-20-2004, 01:48 PM
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"Twinkle twinkle little star"
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Old 08-20-2004, 01:52 PM
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Ooh! I know this one.

Louie Louie

B-B-B-C-C-D-D-D-C-C

Rinse.
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Old 08-20-2004, 02:28 PM
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My husband and I were on a road trip and for a joke he bought me one of those little xylophones to keep me amused. (Yeah, like that was a smart idea!)

Within a few minutes I had mastered the opening notes of "Those Endearing Young Charms". I'm not sure if that's the title of the song but it's the one that is always played in the cartoons with the stick of dynamite attached to one of the keys that only seems to go off then Wile E. Coyote or another WB baddie plays the tune.

I'd work out the notes for you but the xylophone mysteriously disappeared after that road trip.
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Old 08-20-2004, 02:39 PM
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I recently challenged my students to build and program a robot to play an eight note xylophone. (Probably the same one you have, there was only one at Toys R Us. Purple plastic shell, you could play on keys or by hitting the bars yourself.)

The notes are Middle C through High C, with no sharps.

It came with four songs on the back:
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Twinkle Twinkle
Frere Jacques
and I forget the fourth.

One team's robot played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", which was really impressive. The rest of them kind of played the scales, and not that well mostly.
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Old 08-20-2004, 02:44 PM
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I'll try to ignore that the keys are named alphabetically (A-H), instead of musically (C-C). You need to make some changes to your Joy of the World routine:

Joy to the world
H-G-F-E

The Lord has come
D-C-B-A

Let earth receive her king
E-F F-G G-H

Let every heart prepare Him room
H H-G-F-E E-D-C...
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Old 08-20-2004, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by bordelond

Joy to the world
H-G-F-E

The Lord has come
D-C-B-A

Let earth receive her king
A-B B-C C-D
Okay, you're going wrong there. It should be:

Let earth receive her king
E-F F-G G-H

Let ev'ry heart prepare him room
H-H-G-F-E-E D-C (repeat)

And heav'n and natu-ure sing
C-C-C-C-C-D-E

A-and heav'n and natu-ure sing
D-C-B-B-B-B-C-D

A-and heaven
C-B-A-H

And hea-eaven and nature sing
F E D-C D C B A
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Old 08-20-2004, 02:53 PM
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Doesn't "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" have an accidental in it? I'm thinking right around the "If they don't win it's a shame" part.
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Old 08-20-2004, 03:12 PM
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Hey, how about this one:

What would you do if I sang out of tune?
C D E E D C B C D D

Would you stand up and walk out on me?
D D C B B B A B C

(repeat for next two lines)

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
E A C B A-A A-A A A A A (play three times)*

Do you need anybody?
C E H H H G F

I just need someone to love.
B C C B C B A

(repeat above two lines)

Fancy ending:

Yes, I get by with a little help from my friends
C B C B A-A A-A A A A A

[i]With a little help from my frie-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-ends![i]
A-A A-A A A A H G F E B B B A-B C

* You can get away with playing those "A-A"s as just one A each, and it will probably sound better.
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Old 08-20-2004, 03:17 PM
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I'll try to ignore that the keys are named alphabetically (A-H), instead of musically (C-C).
Sorry about that ... can't really read music. But I figure the musically-inclined could effortlessly imagine this little xylophone in their head, and work out rough melodies.

However, you could perhaps post a conversion chart.
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Old 08-20-2004, 03:17 PM
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Doesn't "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" have an accidental in it? I'm thinking right around the "If they don't win it's a shame" part.
You're right; and there's also one on "Buy me some peanuts..." Even worse, it goes outside the one-octave range on "...if I never get back." the bots must have cheated.

Oh, and the "Endearing Young Charms" tune goes:

C B A B A A C E D F H H

I don't know the rest; that's as far as Yosemite Sam ever got. Be sure there's no dynamite wired to the "H" before attempting this.
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Old 08-20-2004, 03:50 PM
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You're right; and there's also one on "Buy me some peanuts..." Even worse, it goes outside the one-octave range on "...if I never get back." the bots must have cheated.
Can't this be kind of worked around in an eight-note universe? It won't sound great to musicians, but something in the ballpark ( ) should be possible.

(Biffy ... thanks for the Joe Cocker! Very cool.)

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Old 08-20-2004, 05:16 PM
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Oh, and the "Endearing Young Charms" tune goes:

C B A B A A C E D F H H

I don't know the rest; that's as far as Yosemite Sam ever got. Be sure there's no dynamite wired to the "H" before attempting this.
Heh. Just for the heck of it, here's how the whole thing goes, as best as I can remember the tune:

C B A B A A C E D F H H
G F E D C B A B C
C B A B A A C E D F H H
G F E H C B A B A
E D C E H H
E E F D H H
G F E D C B A B C
C B A B A A C E D F H H
G F E H C B A B A
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Old 08-20-2004, 05:42 PM
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* indicates cheated out-of-range notes.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

A H F E C E B
A H F E C E
F E* F C D E F D B
F F F G H G* G F E
C B A H F E C E B
B A B C D E F
F G H H H G F E
D E F G H

Brahms' lullaby

C C E C C E
C E H G F F E
B C D B B C D
B D G F E G H
A A H F D E
C A D E F E
A A H F D E
C A D C B A

Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"

C C D E E D C B A A B C C B B
C C D E E D C B A A B C B A A
B B C A B C D C A B C D C B A B E*
C C D E E D C B A A B C B A A
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Old 08-20-2004, 05:57 PM
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Sorry about that ... can't really read music. But I figure the musically-inclined could effortlessly imagine this little xylophone in their head, and work out rough melodies.

However, you could perhaps post a conversion chart.
Your toy xylophone is based on a major scale.

On a piano, the major scale played on only white keys is a C Major scale. And once you get to G, you cycle around again and start with the letter A.

So, here's your conversion chart:

Code:
A B C D E F G H
C D E F G A B C
Now, we can't guarantee that the eight notes on your toy xylophone actually correspond to the key of C. But if you want to talk musicianspeak, it's just convenient to say that the top and bottom keys are each a C, an octave apart.

And, just a note to other theory nuts reading this, I don't want to hear a word about H being the same as B in German!
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Old 08-21-2004, 02:19 PM
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Do-ReMi ("Doe, A Deer" from The Sound of Music) can be done without sharps or flats, and I think in only a single octave.

You can almost do the "Colonel Bogey March" (the one from Bridge on the Rivr Kwai).
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Old 08-21-2004, 02:37 PM
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Be sure there's no dynamite wired to the "H" before attempting this.
Oh, the dynamite can be on H; just keeping hitting G by accident until the person who rigged the dynamite is sufficiently irritated to intervene.
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Old 08-21-2004, 05:28 PM
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My little brother, age 4 then, got a toy piano for Christmas in 1965. It had the black keys painted on; the range was approximately 1 1/2 octaves. My sister, age 14 at the time, used to play simple tunes on it.
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:14 PM
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A xylophone can also play that little fanfare they play at the start of horse races.
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:27 PM
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Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" could be:

b b-b c e f g , c e f g f e c e f g f e

if I've got the conversion right.
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:52 PM
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Hey, how about this one:

What would you do if I sang out of tune?
C D E E D C B C D D

(snip)
I was going to suggest any Beatles tune that Ringo sings, as his bandmates were careful to write for his extremely limited vocal range.
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Old 08-21-2004, 09:35 PM
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"Smoke on the Water"?

***ducks and flees***
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Old 08-22-2004, 01:56 AM
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Do-ReMi ("Doe, A Deer" from The Sound of Music) can be done without sharps or flats, and I think in only a single octave.
Heh... that was the first tune I ever learned to play when I was a kid, and yes it was on a one octave xylophone w/o sharps or flats.

Here it is in regular CDE format and my attempt at the OP's strange format :

Doe, a deer, a female deer
C D E C E C E
A B C A C A C

Ray, a drop of golden sun
D E F F E D F
B C D D C B D

Me, a name I call myself
E F G E G E G
C D E C E C E

Far, a long long way to run
F G A A G F A
D E F F E D F

Sew, a needle pulling thread
G C D E F G A
E A B C D E F

La, a note to follow so
A D E F G A B
F B C D E F G

Tea, a drink with jam and bread
B E F G A B C*
G C D E F G H

That'll bring us back to do-o-o-o-o-oh.
C* B A F B G C* G F E D C
H G F D G E H E D C B A

Note: C* indicates high C, the highest note on the instrument.

It's been a while though so my memory could be a little bit rusty.
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Old 08-22-2004, 03:23 AM
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You can play the Futurama opening song on a toy xylphone. Unfortunately, I don't have access to one now, so I can't give the notes. But it's definately possible.
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Old 08-22-2004, 02:53 PM
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Ooh! I know this one.

Louie Louie

B-B-B-C-C-D-D-D-C-C

Rinse.
Repeat.
Um...no. That's not right.

in the key of C, it'd be: C-C-C-F-F-G-G-G-F-F At least, for the beginning.
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Old 08-22-2004, 04:50 PM
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"Smoke on the Water"?

***ducks and flees***
My brother's girlfriend's five-year-old has a toy guitar that has six or seven surprisingly realistic "chords" played by pressing buttons on the fretboard. My dad the guitar fanatic plays "Smoke on the Water" on it, to the kidlet's endless delight.

I have an odd family.
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Old 08-23-2004, 03:32 AM
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Do ducks have fleas?
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Old 08-23-2004, 09:29 AM
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Do ducks have fleas?
They mite.
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Old 08-23-2004, 02:40 PM
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Doesn't "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" have an accidental in it? I'm thinking right around the "If they don't win it's a shame" part.
I probably should have stated how LONG the robot played it. I think it only played the first two lines. It was still head and shoulders above any of the other groups.

I'll link to a video of it here when I update the class website. (Unfortunately, no sound)
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Old 08-23-2004, 03:29 PM
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They mite.
That really bugs me.
(Dody Goodman once wrote a book mentioning a group called The Armpits, who had a hit with a song "Don't-a-Bug-a-Me Baby." )
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Old 08-27-2004, 03:35 PM
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Here is a link to the webpage with pictures and movies of the robots playing the xylophone. I think you will agree that none of them do it particularly well, which is why I will probably give it again as a project this semester.

Musical Robots


The first movie is of the group that played "Take Me Out To The Ballgame", but on one of their poorer runs. Their timing relied a bit too much on the arm being started in exactly the right position.

(The minimum criteria was to play four notes on two keys with some semblance of rhythm and capable of playing a different song from software changes alone.)
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:59 AM
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[QUOTE=The Asbestos Mango***ducks and flees***[/QUOTE]

Ducks and fleas and geese better scurry
When I take you out in a surrey...

Last edited by dougie_monty; 04-03-2013 at 02:01 AM..
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:35 AM
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As befitting a resurrected zombie?

The theme from Tubular Bells (aka the theme from The Exorcist):

E-A-E-B-E-G-A E-C-E-D-E-B-C
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:49 AM
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The First Nowell - one octave C - c, no accidentals.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:35 AM
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I can get pretty close to "Yankee Doodle" on one of my son's xylophone toys, but most of them have the wrong set of notes for it to sound right.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:01 AM
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At least the first part of the Star Wars theme.

1...5...4328...5..4328...5..4342...

Sorry it makes me too crazy to write it with 1=A, 2=B... because notes already have letter names, and those aren't them. (Actual A-B-C-D-E-F-G-highA would give you a minor scale.) I know, I'm way too OCD/pedantic...
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:37 AM
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The [Zombie] Lion Sleeps Tonight
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:31 AM
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Ooh! I know this one.

Louie Louie

B-B-B-C-C-D-D-D-C-C

Rinse.
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Um...no. That's not right.

in the key of C, it'd be: C-C-C-F-F-G-G-G-F-F At least, for the beginning.
You can actually make a decent version of it on a 5-note toy piano, if you can play two notes at a time:
[I agree that the OP's A to H scheme is better replaced by a 1 to 8 scheme, so I'm using that]

1+5 (repeat three times), 1+4 (repeat two times), 2+5 (etc.)
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:56 AM
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Brahms's Lullaby

Finlandia (main theme) by Sibelius

When The Saints Come Marching In

Oh Susanna

Row Row Row Your Boat

Two Beatles songs: Nowhere Man and All My Loving

A La Claire Fontaine (French folk song)

I'll post more later if I can think of any more.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:59 AM
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Some more:

Theme from ''Spring'' by Vivaldi

On Top of Old Smokey

This Old Man

3 Blind Mice

Twinkle Little Star

Old McDonald

London Bridge

The First Noel

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Maybe also Blowing In The Wind.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:41 AM
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Some more:

Theme from ''Spring'' by Vivaldi

On Top of Old Smokey

This Old Man

3 Blind Mice

Twinkle Little Star

Old McDonald

London Bridge

The First Noel

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Maybe also Blowing In The Wind.
No, you have to use note 0 right on the last but one.

Another hymn tune, Eudoxia, uses only the lowest five notes.

The Skye Boat Song, six notes pentatonic. (1-2-4-5-6-8)
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:42 AM
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Jingle bells

I looked up how to play jingle bells on the piano and it seems that you can play it on xylophone as well so here it is.( I only know it in numbers so A B C D and E is just 1 2 3 4 and 5)


333,333,35123.
4444,4333,32232,5.
333,333,35123.
4444,4333,55421.
Hope you like it, sorry if its bad.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:47 AM
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Yes - unfortunately you can only play the refrain; the chorus goes out of range. (An old thread, but revived earlier this year, and if you can't talk about toy xylophones at Christmas then when can you?)
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:10 AM
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Nitpick: xylophones are made of wood. Glockenspiel is a better general term for tuned percussion instruments.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:38 AM
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I know what I want for christmas now.....

Plus an easy tune i bet would be "love me tender" by elvis as I learned to play that on a Merlin game in the 80's 1434 525..... i think it was a Merlin game.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:54 AM
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Nitpick: xylophones are made of wood. Glockenspiel is a better general term for tuned percussion instruments.
True, but the typical child's toy has bars which are made of such thin metal they don't really have the proper ringing tone of a glockenspiel, and are more xylophonic in character even though not made of wood.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:17 PM
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"Twinkle twinkle little star"
Family legend has it that I demonstrated early musical prowess when I was given a toy xylophone for Christmas at age 3 and soon was able to play this song by ear.
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