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Improv on Eternity

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The 31st of March, 2015. That is the day when @Phyrnna uploaded an improvisation that was longer than my longest upload thus far.
I knew from that day on, I had to upload something that was at least one hour long. That day, IS today.

Lol, I'm half joking though. Check out Phyrnna's track: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/616784

It's not rare for me to improvise for this long, but it sure is the first time that I recorded myself doing it. I had a lot of accidental technical issues though :(

My piano can only record about 20 minutes of material at a time. So I had to take short breaks (moving the latest, abruptly cut part, to my usb), before continuing. Even worse! I recorded about 1 hour and 5 minutes of material, but one of the files disappeared! D:<
The part that was gone was the original third part. BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS THE FIRST PART AT FIRST. So I improvised some 20 minutes more, and made a new, pretty identical intro (the only thing I planned on beforehand, was the first chord, which is also somwhere in the middle of this). So the first part you hear is actually the last part I recorded.
You will hear 2 fadeouts as well (the weird people that listen to the entire track), because the missing file caused a lot of trouble with tempo and chords :(

This improvisation also features me playing the piano while talking on the phone. I have no idea where that part is though (I know it wasn't in the missing part though, as it was somewhere in the original first half hour), so I must've covered it up pretty good.
There are like 2 small parts that are old ideas that found their way into the improvisation. I also accidentally started playing already known themes at points (Like "Great Destiny Man" and such), but I tried to as quickly as possible go away such things.

I also wasn't afraid to go completely nuts/experimental. I wasn't really trying to make anything amazing; just show you what an avarage improvisation of mine could sound like (No "Improv on Clarity" quality here). There are a few good parts here and there though. This is also how I sometimes make songs. I actually had a great idea in the third (missing) part, which may or may not make its way into a song in the future!

But yeah. This is meant to be enjoyed as weird background music. I don't think that anyone will seriously be spending an hour listening to this while just staring into a wall or something (well, I did once, but that was to check that everything was okay).

As for keys, the ones I used the most are my trusted G minor and C minor, even if I switched it up now and then.

I think that this long description is enough though.

The piano I played on is my trusted Yamaha Clavinova CLP - 230. Some reverb added with Cubase.


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Eternity may rule...

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Indeed so! Thanks :)

I'm awe-struck in how you managed to do this. Not digging that piano sound used though. It's lacking in interesting velocity. Other than that, I love this masterpiece.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

It's really not that difficult :p You just need the patience to sit down and play whatever comes to your mind for an hour. I actually don't have all too good pitch recognition, so you definitely don't need a perfect pitch or something. Just a little bit of piano playing experience.

I get what you're saying about the piano sound. Sometime this year, I want to buy a slightly more expensive and good quality piano library :)

Thanks, Duke!

So I was off on hiatus and I come back to this... wow.
Very well done~
Although at this rate, we may singlehandedly force Newgrounds to re-up the file size limit on songs~! xD
I'll most likely have this playing in the background while I work on things. ^.^
Cheers to fellow pianists playing their hearts out on the ivories~! \^o^/ <3

~Phyrnna ^_^ <3

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you!
It'd be an amazing accomplishment if we actually managed to up the file size again XD
What's more likely though, is that Tom would just up the limits for the two of us temporarily :p
And oh God, when will this stop? After a day long improv... A WEEK? I'm up for the challenge :D

Don't judge me, but the first time I read this, I read "ovaries" instead of "ivories", and i was like... Wat? o.O


Thought you'd be interested to know that I downloaded and decided to fall asleep to this. I ended up staying awake for at least 25 minutes of it. The problem with that I was hoping for a more relaxed kind of chord progression somewhere in the middle of it with lots of space in between notes, but it seems a lot of it is filled with rhythmic energy. I typically don't enjoy improvisations all that much, because it is very difficult to have color in chord choices. I usually can tell, as I'm sure most can as well, when one hears a through composed from an improv. If compared to food, improvs tend to be the hotdog/hamburger (kyle landry), but that is okay. Who doesn't love simple foods? We don't necessarily want a three-course meal every time.
However, you do have some interesting chords played in this. It just tends to be snippets of it while not every chord resolving in a linear motion. Kind of like a conversation without much coherence. I can't improv like you as this requires great skill to be able to sit down and pour out whatever thoughts come to mind. The other notable thing about this is the rhythmic variations throughout--this keeps me interesting and intrigued to hear what you are playing next.
btw, I really like the dissonant playing at 9:10 as this just becomes memorable to me.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks for downloading! I actually find it more difficult to sleep while listening to music, as I easlily get so involved in it. If I'm really tired, it works, but otherwise, not so well. You're right, I had pretty few relaxing moods in this improvisation. I think that mysterious calm is a better improvisation for relaxation, even if it has an ominous mood. All the longer pauses and such are later in this improvisation, like 38:00 and 45:50 (totally didn't just look up the long paused places in TaintedLogic's review).

I enjoy improvisations more as background music myself, usually. As for the color, it depends for me whether I want it or not. You're right that it's difficult to get a really... Crisp feel? Or something like that when one is imrpovising, unless one has a great sense of pitch, or planned the chords on beforehand.

I can usually tell if something is an improvisation/composition too. The structures are usually so different. But some of the piece's I've made by improvising more and more and adding parts without caring about structure end up a little bit like an improvisation could sound, but better.

Iteresting analogy with the foods there! Kyle Landry is super talented. I especially like his rearrangements of pieces. His improvisations are usually very good, but not necessarily my style, and I prefer more melodic composition than he usually creates. I don't know how much you listen to him, but he has made 3 compositions that find to be simply brilliant!

- Playing on my Childhood Upright
- The Separation (original) [the proposed lyrics are beautiful]
- Animemories

Just some tips in case you're interested.

Oh, and he also made a sonata that I think is a bit more your style:


Coherence is definitely something that lacks in this improvisation, as it didn't really have any theme I followed at all; I did whatever I felt like. I don't think it takes that much skill though, just a lot of free time. I promise you, you are already pretty good at the piano, so if you try improvising for 10 minutes every day for half a year or so, you'll be just as good if not better than me!
What takes great skill, is to keep it coherent and good sounding all the way from beginning to end!

The rhythmic variation is definitely something that I am much more experimental with in my improvisations than I am in my actual compositions. Should probably do smoething about this huh XD?

I like dissonance in general. I don't know why o.O

Thanks for the review, I can totally see where you're coming from!

Played some games over this improv. You have amazing skill, I only listened to about 20 minutes of it, but between the 5-10 min mark is my favorite personally. 8:47- 9:00 was the best, I could listen to those slightly shifting chords all day! Then it transitioned to some of your earlier works, all in all a good mix. Question, how much of this was off the top, and how much of it was taken from previous works? Will be interesting to know :D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you, CrabbWalker! I've listened to this three times or so now, and I've got a hard time telling which is my favorite part :/

Oh, only 2 parts were knowingly based on previous ideas. Not the parts you'd think either: 13:20-13:32 (That may still turn into a battle theme intro some time in the future), and the short riff at 61:08-61:15 which I continue to try developing further on for some time (fully imrpovised).

All the rest is off the top of my head, so basically everything except a few minutes if you count the whole time the riff is being developed upon. I accidetally played both short snippets of other people's stuff, and some of my older work, but usuall only a couple of seconds here and there, before I realized and intentionally changed it to something else.

And oh, the very first chord is planned, so the frist 3 seconds were planned too XD

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