[EDIT: Thanks for the feature! I think the audio features at the bottom of NG might well be automated based on popularity, but if that's the case, thank you for listening to this so much that it reached the top of weekly popular :) ]
Raise your volume! :D
This is my last piano composition of 2015. I've recently began talking to EtherealWinds, after he contacted me. Check him out, as he creates wonderful music (and sings too):
Originally, I was supposed to make a track for the BRUCE project today. But EtherealWinds asked me to compose a track for him, and I couldn't resist his charms :p
Thus, I ended up coming up with the piece you hear here.
It took quite many hours. It's actually a rather complex track, and as I was very inspired, I wanted to really put my emotions into the playing, and of course, into the composing too. Still, a few parts are improvised based on the base chords I came up with. Other parts, were improvised so poorly that I edited the melodies a bit in the MIDI afterwards, to sound like I wanted it to :p
Normally, I would've just done more recordings. But as usually, my neighbor flipped out and practically tried to ruin the house by banging on all the walls he could find with a cane (note: I was playing with headphones; he doesn't even accept the percussive noise that comes from the keys). I couldn't have concentrated properly while he was banging (hehhe), so I had to use this recording. My feelings are all in the playing, but as I made the track today and haven't really gotten used to it, a few parts could've been played better.
Also, this track sounds a bit like a few things I've heard before. But I think that it's fine. I know a few pieces it reminds me of, but nothing where it would've been directly taken from. I am always paranoid though.
As if it wasn't enough, there was something weird with my recording settings, so I couldn't get a high volume out of the initial recording no matter how hard I tried :(
Piano One isn't good enough of its own for this kind of a piece either, imo (the way it's sampled makes it difficult to get any good bass out of it). So I ended up layering both Piano One and my Yamaha Clavinova CLP - 230 on top of each other. This way, the track is a bit louder, and a bit more full. But it's still not enough, which is why you should probably have the volume a bit higher than usually when listening to this. I can't wait until I buy myself some good piano VST instruments...
Anywho, I think that my technical rant is over. I hope that EtherealWinds likes the piece. I tried to compose it as a blend of JRPG music (like the thing that's similar to the FFX Ending Theme), some anime-ish stuff, and of course my own style.