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Improv/Prelude in E minor

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For those where New Year's doesn't bring much consolation of a hope filled year.

What is heard first is an improvisation based off of Chopin's Prelude in E minor that you later hear in the second half of the piece.

Chopin's prelude is played by yours truly on my grandmother's old, out-of-tuned piano; recorded on my iphone. Not that I didn't have access to a proper microphone, but it was meant to strike an image of a pianist playing alone as the world outside celebrates another year...
I was looking for an unclean approach to the mix not because I'm a "dirty" person, but rather because I find that to be best in describing the imperfections in us.
Hence these choices are merely symbols, such as the desert winds underneath the piano and a crowd anticipating midnight that sound at moments to be crying. I'll let you complete the picture yourself to find the meaning.

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Well, I wanted to say anything on it, but I really can't say anything but excellent, I can't compare my piano skills to yours, you are really talented. Great job on this one, and also the others!

By the way, do you use a VST for that piano? I personally use Cinesamples Piano in Blue.

Phonometrologist responds:

Thanks mate. I have several piano libraries that I like to use for different projects, but this one in particular in the first half of the piece is the Kawai from Acousticsamples. I also love the ones from imperfectsamples.com
Not a lot of people know it, but it's great for that raw, authentic piano sound.

Cinematic, really good quality for an iPhone recording. Keep the grittiness going, This was a very cool piece.

Phonometrologist responds:

Was wondering where you came from so I checked out your profile. 128 reviews within a 2-3 hour time frame is quite impressive. Were you on speed, or did you just listen to snippets of pieces here and there?

I love Chopin's Preludes and Nocturnes, so emotional and expressive. For being recorded with an Iphone the piano really does not sound that bad, the imperfection is definitely felt. The transition from the sampled piano to your recording was a bit awkward, but i think that it worked with the piece. I simply love the atmos at the end, with the crowd, the old organ and band playing a hymn like melody. Very clever.

Great Job!

Phonometrologist responds:

There are too many great pieces to learn, but I keep coming back to learn Chopin and Debussy mainly. I really think Chopin's Prelude sets an interesting tone for the crowd and the Auld Lang Syne song that is heard for New Years. Anything else that precedes it I think would give it a different feeling.
Thanks for taking the time to write your thoughts

Yet another 5 stars worthy piece. I was actually inpired by this track (and thus, indirectly by Chopin's piece) to start composing a new piece on the piano. Hopefully, I'll finish it and submit it in the coming weeks or so :p

Phonometrologist responds:

very cool! I'm looking forward to hearing it. Don't keep me in suspense too long. If it can inspire, my work is done.

Profound concept and strikingly beautiful execution. And, as per usual, graceful playing. The two sections contrast each other very well and create an extremely poignant tone. A very meaningful, dense hollowness.

Really, really good and evocative track.

Phonometrologist responds:

I wasn't so sure how the contrasting parts would go together since the low frequencies drop off quite significantly. It was an interesting project for sure. I appreciate your review. Now looking forward to what LunyAlex does next. Your last piece is cool

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4.63 / 5.00

Jan 5, 2015
1:17 AM EST
File Info
11.4 MB
4 min 59 sec

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