|Wednesday, May 14th, 2008|
Work and being simultaneously creative and proactive are rather at odds it seems. At the exponentially slowing rate that I'm posting these my next piano improv will get posted in 10-20 years. I'm rather hoping it takes less than that, but we'll see. At least my gear has improved since last time. Steady employment will do that. Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, April 20th, 2007|
Haven't been feeling super creative as far as doing the piano thing is concerned. Too much work, not enough sleep makes being creative darn tough. But I did get the chance to tune the piano a bit more and upgrade my recording gear, which made this a nice change of pace. I put the cover back on the piano for the time being again, but the added clarity of the new gear makes up for it - at least I think so. makes the shuffling of my shirt seem really loud sometimes though... Current Mood: lethargic
|Thursday, March 15th, 2007|
Delayed massively this time. Who'da thought that I'd have less time after I managed to become employed. That and one of my programs kinda broke on me , so the final conversion to MP3 now requres an extra step. But anyhow, hopefully I'll go crazy and do like 6 in a week before long.
The track this time was sorta aimed at having a stronger left hand part, and it started out (accidentally I swear) like the Charlie Brown theme. So I steered it away from that. It ended up being kinda short, but nice with a few good ideas. Current Mood: blank
|Sunday, February 25th, 2007|
Wasn't feeling too creative and it kinda shows. They can't all be zingers.
|Sunday, February 18th, 2007|
I've fallen behind schedule a bit, but I suspected this will happen. This particular improv is simply one of my favorite polytonal patterns - it never resolves, but it's still quite dynamic. A few nasty notes, but not bad, it's one direction that I may indulge in every once in awhile.
|Sunday, February 11th, 2007|
That's more like it, timing wise at least. I actually really like this one - it was a first take true cold improv, and it came out much more like a formed song than I could reasonably hope for. In retrospect it reminds me the tiniest bit of the Ben Folds Five song 'Evaporated', but it's probably just that 5->maj7->octave in the second part of the melody. Suffice to say I wanted something slightly romantic and sentimental, and it's pretty close considering.
|Thursday, February 8th, 2007|
Sorry for the delay - I hit a unproductive streak there for a bit. This time a few things changed: I put the top down on the piano (though the area in front of that is still open) so it seems more muted and less hammer-y. Now that I listen to it, I think I'll go back the other way. And more importantly, this is sorta a cover - I took a song, one of Bob Marley's early (non reggae) songs 'It Hurts To Be Alone' (which can found on the album 'Birth of a Legend' and in the demo Barn by The Digital Artists
, which I think compliments the music unbelievably well) and I basically stole the chord progression and rhythm, added a bit, and just went on a tear with it. The melody is basically gone, so It's not really a cover, but it's kinda close in a way. I dunno, I may not do this too often, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
|Monday, January 29th, 2007|
I just sat down and started hacking, and something much like this came out. I prolly wouldn't have recorded anything this afternoon if it hadn't caught my ear. I did manage to figure out that the second section of the song is sort of a distant memory of Elliot Smith's "Baby Britain", which I ended up having to modify to sound less like it. I shouldn't be suprised that his influence has begun to seep into my stuff.
|Saturday, January 27th, 2007|
Hi Everyone. Here's something a little different - I tried to do a 'no-pedal' song to see how well it held up. What it turned into was a bouncy little thing (thought in this version I fall back on the pedal once) that kind of speaks of my background in video game-y music. Or maybe it was just that I ate some biscuits. Who knows?
|Wednesday, January 24th, 2007|
Didn't like this one so much - it doesn't capture the heart of the matter like I wanted, but it works okay. I did a better take, but the microphone wasn't on (well, it's a little more complicated than that, but that was the end effect). Such is life.
|Thursday, January 18th, 2007|
Finally something with a bit more energy. This one is an expansion of a riff that I'm using for a potential future project with poodleface
. The end of the track fades out as I sorta accidentally ended up going into another riff that I kinda want to save until later. It shouldn't be too long until that one ends up around these parts. Current Mood: grumpy
|Monday, January 15th, 2007|
Done way, way in the middle of last night, after recording drums and guitars all day. I needed a dark and occasionally dissonant vibe, and it sorta worked. I thought about putting a guitar or synthy thing about halfway in, but I think I just want this one to sit and stew it it's overdone rubato and random dissonance. Apologies for the piercing high notes towards the end. Current Mood: groggy
|Friday, January 12th, 2007|
I wanted to see if I could do something more muscular by doing one not in the middle of the night. still ain't too beefy though. I need to work on some minor scale improv, though to be fair this stuff ain't strictly major sounding anyhow.
|Sunday, January 7th, 2007|
| 2001-01-07 w/Guitar
I did this one last night and liked the harmonic structure, but I thought it needed something else, so I added a quick guitar over the top. It's not awful. Think I miked the piano too close: you can hear the hammers and mechanisms of the piano moving around. But anyhow.
|Saturday, January 6th, 2007|
A little project I'm starting, I'm going to try and record between one and three piano improvisations a week, warts and all. Feel free to discuss what you hear and what you hear in it. I'm normally not a LJ type, so I may not respond a whole bunch to any commentary, but I may look at it periodically, and aside from brainless vitriol, it's generally appreciated.
-Paulie Current Mood: annoyed
|Sunday, March 27th, 2005|
grrargh! also, frobnovich qwertyak