[news update July 2016:]
I made a full video production for this track now, based on retail full HD video clips!
Available at my personal Youtube page. My first uploads for it in just recently!
I designed the clips to correlate with the characteristics and emotions in phrases of the piano piece, as well as the overall context of it's title.
[2nd latest news update]:
This official demo track for SoundIron's "Emotional Piano" now is a true top pick by their staff!
The three remaining piano demo tracks are track 6-8 in their Kontakt Player Bundle list. (mine is track 6!)
Thank you ever so much, SoundIron, the discontinued "The Piano Cloud", and it's founder, Andrew Eales; and everybody for the kind acknowledging and encouraging appreciation!]
Finally! I used to do countless hours of busy piano improvisations during my piano studies, even in my piano concertos and other performances for audiences.
But this is my first ever accomplished combo of finished composition & HQ audio quality of recorded solo piano actually.
It's also the first composition I'm using Soundiron's "Emotional Piano" on.
[significant updates: I recently submitted it to Soundiron's official demo list, and it's now included in their Emotional Piano official demo setlist!:First use of the library, first submission to any brand's official demo list, and INSTANT success!
More about this track:
Now that this composition IS finalized, it might also be aimed to be included in either a media project or a personal full length album, or both.
Most of the notes are recorded live, using my MIDI keyboard, but there are lots of post-editing, both for the composition and for the note tweaks. Velocity, timing and additional notes.
Apologizes to all who prefer untampered live performances.
Originally recorded using East West Quantum Leap - Pianos Gold (Bechstein grand), but I decided to use "Emotional Piano" piano software library from Soundiron by now.
I had to adjust a lot to make it sound the way it was intended, also for the different sample sets with the new software library.
But it was much easier to shape phrases to sound naturally, compared to EWQL Pianos anyway, IMO. So it was well worth the additional hassle.
The later part for this composition was based on a live improvisation I did, while the first sections were composed through trial and error, based on hand positionings and chord progressions.
A good deal of the arpeggio techniques is inspired by Rachmaninov, my favourite piano composer. (due to the deep adoration I have for the musical and emotional qualities, much more than the famous technical aspects of his)
Other inspirations for this composition were the feeling of a strong connection with nature;
and (hopefully, eek) -an even stronger connection with my wife.
The repeated main motf, with it's chord progression and melody combo was something I came up years ago.
Musically speaking, I aimed for something that would sound very emotionally connecting, yet not so similar to anything I've heard before. So that was a big challenge and a lot of hard work for it back then, trying to achieve both aims at the same time.
In case you still prefer live performances, and/or if you're curious of the older version (or my technical performance skills & limitations at the time), here's a link to my old original unedited live recording (not the final composition version):
Image credits to Pixomar at www.freedigitalphotos.net
- romantic Piano solo