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Sempiternal Rhapsody

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Dec 31, 2016 | 11:24 AM EST
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18.2 MB
7 min 59 sec
Score
4.93 / 5.00

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Rated 4.93 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Easy Listening - Solo Instrument
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rhapsody
piano
classical
sempiternal

Author Comments

2016 has been an interesting year, and much unfortunately, not always in a good way. But regardless, now it seems to be coming to an end. To celebrate it, I'm posting my most complex, and imo, also my best piano composition of the year. I've been working on this song on and off for a bit more than two months, which is longer than it usually takes. But I've also been more busy with studies than I usually am!

Either way, now the piece is finished, and this is my way of wrapping up the year. For once, I think I'll let you enjoy the music, instead of reading a long description here. If you want some additional information, you can read my longer description, on youtube.
Speaking of, you can watch me play instead of just listening, in case you feel like it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy_61pXnOP4

That's all from me this year! Thank you for listening, and Happy New Year!

Reviews


QuarlQuarl

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love this piano work. Evokes that romantic era faithfully. About halfway through I started feeling a little light jazz vibe with those chord progressions. Very inventive. It's not often I listen to a piano composition that makes me say that given how many centuries that instrument has had to evolve but I felt like this evoked a little inspiration from all over the time line.

It's a relatively short piece for piano but you took it to a lot of different places in that eight minutes. It kept my attention easily. I'm glad your happy about it. I'm also happy about it. Cheers LSD :D


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I'm glad you like the piece!
I do tend to vary my pieces a fair amount, which is something I sometimes get complaints about. But on the other hand, it's nice whenever people appreciate that fact, like you are doing now :)
I get what you mean with the slight jazz feel! I'm actually working on a way more jazzy piece atm, which is quite rare for me.

I wonder if entirely new ways of playing the piano will come up in the future! I find that surprisingly, there are always new elements to be found with just these 88 keys, some of them more noticable than others. Ofc, there's a physical limit to what can be done, and another limit to what generally sounds good. But I think the instrument is far from dead, or even belonging to the past.

Thank you for your review! Always a pleasure to read them ^ ^


TaintedLogicTaintedLogic

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I like the slow pace at the beginning. It definitely seems like a complex mixture of emotions - at times, bright, melancholy, anticipatory, and even danceable (Pride-and-Prejudice style, if you will). It has a consistent flow throughout, though. I love the transition at 2:20. There are some really interesting chord progressions in there too, like at 2:30. The riff at 2:57 with the high-pitched pitter-pattering arpeggios is highly amusing. Reminds me of rain that's making fun of me as it falls: "HA! You thought you'd spend the day outside, didn't you? Nice try, fool!" Same thing at 4:06. But what I really admire about this piece (and your work in general) is that you then rapidly transition into the section at 4:12, at which you also have a lot of rapid, high-pitched notes, yet the mood has completely changed into a majestic, gentle tone. That majestic tone finally gets broken by the chord at 6:13 - back to melancholy. I think you also added just the right amount of reverb to this piece. The atmosphere feels spacious enough, yet doesn't detract from the distinctness of the notes at the busier sections. Excellent piece, Ale! I'd agree that it's probably your best piano composition of 2016. Onwards and upwards, my friend! Happy new year, and let's Skype sometime, yes?


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

From the start, I knew I wanted to have a fairly slow pace at the start, along with the end. I ended up not having many slower middle sections, but it all kinda worked out like it is :)

I think that regrettably, I haven't seen Pride and Prejudice yet! I'm glad that the different emotions and atmospheres are noticable though! Especially in a Rhapsody, it'd be a shame if it came across as stale.

I think that the parts between 2:20 and 4:10 are possibly my favorite section, aside from the main theme which started it all, and repeats here and there (mostly in the beginning and the ending).
I'm glad you like the thingy at 2:57! That's quite an amusing mental image you're drawing there xD
4:12 is probably my least favorite section, but that's because I knew I needed to have something like that there, but I didn't know exactly where to go. So it's atually one of the very last parts I completed, after having played around with like 50 different ideas. So at this point, I honestly can't tell if the section sounds good, bad, jarring or not xD

I actually think I didn't add any reverb! Not even the internal one, within the vst. I think I just managed to use a fairly apt amount of the sustain pedal, while playing. The good thing about pianos, is that a lot of the reverb is kind of controlled "LIVE". You can still hear a couple of places where I messe up a bit, like the note at 1:46, which almost breaks off slightly.
Ther VST, ofc, accounts for the pedal as well (it's one of the MIDI values one can adjust). For a farily fast paced piano piece like this, with a lot of highs and lows, I wanted to be careful with reverb, and decided not to add any. I also went for a fairly generic Concert Grand piano sound, as opposed to some other uploads, where I've used different piano sounds. It's a safer route for complex and varied pieces. I'm glad the end result sounds good though!

Thank you for your long and fun-to-read review! We should Skype indeed. I've been thinking of messaging you a couple of times, but you've happened to be offline! Different time zones and all :p
It's a bit late, but Happy New Year, and may 2017 be a good one ;)


SnowTeddySnowTeddy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wait until Phono listen to this one. I like this version better. Much better played and full of emotions. The piano sound is truly ear-candy. Excellent piece.

Happy New Year. Wish the best to you.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I hope he will listen to this one! I'd love to hear his comments :)
I'm glad that you've had yourself a listen though! Thank you for the lovely words, and for the best wishes!

I'm a bit late, but Happy New Year to you as well :D


backwardechobackwardecho

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Excelling work, yet again! Pianos must be smitten with you, they seem to tell you all their secrets.^^


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for your review!
Haha, in order to get pianos to tell you their secrets, you have to tickle their ivories for like an hour, everyday, for years ^ ^


BlueOceansBlueOceans

Rated 5 / 5 stars

The song's mood doesn't become too happy or sad. You played melodies that would sound happy or sad with certain chords, but you used different chords, so the listener doesn't get the expected satisfaction. For this reason, for me, the song symbolizes apathy.

I love the rhythm change at 2:42.

The chords you used in this piece remind me of the music I listened to as a child, so it brings back memories that are rarely recalled. Major scales were rarely used, and songs of all emotions had diminished chords.

This is a great song for the end of the year :D


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I do agree that there's no clearly happy or sad part in the piece, although the atmosphere clearly varies a bit from part to part. Interestingly, while I do get that certain aspects of the piece sound apathic, I see the piece as someone going through a mental battle, if you will. Or maybe even a collective, since part of the inspiration is how weird this year turned out to be. But I personally, feel a bit of hopefulness and effort/dedication (almost like a struggle) in the piece as well. The ending though, as you can hear, isn't necessarily the happiest one. It's more of a limbo, where the future remains unknown. So I guess apathy could be quite apt, after all!

Also, I'm glad if the piece isn't predictable, as long as that doesn't make it sound bad!
2:42 is probably my own personal rhythmic favorite as well :)

Oh, what music did you use to listen to as a child :O?
I tried to use a variety of both normal, and more unusual chord combintions, with a lot of variation, and versatile chords (along with some chromatic basslines).

Thank you for your review :DDD