Unfortunately, I haven't uploaded anything in a while. I've been busy with studies, among other things. I have been working on a few things, but I've got nothing finished at this point (things are on their way though). I happened to re-record this old piece of mine since I wanted to upload it to youtube, so even if I normally don't upload remade compositions, I figured why not?
If you want to see me play this, the video is found over here:
A few people in the past have found this piece to be particularly entertaining, and have expressed interest in learning to play the composition themselves. Next week, I'll likely upload a synthesia tutorial on youtube, for anyone interested.
Upbeat, flowing, and busy. Gives me a sense of a group of men in top hats walking down the street, trying to decide which bar to go in to celebrate Frank's birthday. It's a short piece, but there's very little structure except for a little ritardando at 1:14 before the coda. I would've liked to see this fleshed out more, with some more highs and lows dynamically and emotionally. That's pretty much my only complaint, though. Keep up the good work, Ale!
Hey! Two years ago, you thought this sounded like spring, but also like montage music! Which fits well with the tophats xD
I also must be doing something right, since this re-recording has half a star more!
Wait... What does the ritardado have to do with structure? Perhaps you mean variation in the arrangement? That, there is indeed not, nor did I want there to be, since this is just something I did for fun many years ago.
Dynamically, there are highs and lows in the composition, but I think your critique once again, falls on the slightly flat arrangement, which is fair. I wanted this to be pretty upbeat all the way through, even though there is another ritardando at 0:40, which you mentioned in your previous review!
Thanks for checking by! Any music of your own in the works? I noticed a couple days ago that you uploaded a new track, and I haven't gotten a chance to check it out yet, so I'll do so after responding to your next review :D
This is a fun piece. I like the finger work in the right hand in regards to the rhythm. The chord progression is nice as well, but the chords are so fleeting that it is as if it conveys a mind wandering. Did this start as an improv? I say this only because I would have liked a more linear train of thought regarding the chords leading up to the 38 second mark. It's a bit translucent regarding your chord choices that it's hard to really grasp a single idea for very long. I think it's great that you're able to play a piece from a couple years ago as if you just wrote a day ago. Quite a remarkable memory.
The aim was definitely to make it a fun piece, at the time. I remember selecting some kind of polysynth instrument on my keyboard, and just thinking about the band's style, and I started creating it. I made the entire peice in one go, from start to finish, without thinking too much about the progression I wouldn't really say that much improvisation was involved, since I had a surprpsingly clear idea of what I wanted to do. Every now and then I guess composers get lucky, ~inspired~ this way. I occasionally make songs where I simply start composing at some point, and then just roll with it; I even wrote a blog post about this style of composing long ago (not going to link it because it's old and bad, haha).
There are so many different ways to compose, and to think about composing. Right now, I'm working on a piece where the ending was finished long before the middle sections. In fact, there are still a few parts to clean up. It'll be my best solo piano piece of the year, for certain (I hope I manage to finish it this year; I am almost finished. I just need to be able to play it well too, which is turning out to be more difficult with my newer and more advanced compositions).
So long side-notes aside, the reason this reminds you of an improvisation, is probably because I created it in order from start to finish, and simply quit when I decided I was done. I don't remember on what timescale I did it anymore, but I'm guessing it probably only took an hour or so.
That said, I think the piece stays true to the theme throughout, and there is even some hidden repetition in there. I think I could've easily made this into a full-length (whatever that even means in regards to music, but I mean a 3-4 minutes long) piece, only repeating the chord patterns and melodies that are already in there. But alas, I did not. Well, I guess I don't necessarily regret it.
I did have to relearn the piece! Surprisingly, I remembered most of it since I find the melody to be pretty catchy, and most of the chord choices simply make sense with that in mind (adding to that, the arrangement doesn't really change around all too much). But I think I spent some 10-15 minutes refreshing my memory using the old MIDI file, before I was able to play this piece from start to finish again.