The unveiling of a new piece is like the launching of a ship here at Fuelled by Female. The timing of the ceremony is crucial to Daniel, with him liking to ensure that the moment is the most perfect it can be when showcasing a new design to me. He loves to see my reaction, this being the first one he sees.
Such a moment was last week. Daniel had been busy in the music studio, remastering several tracks produced over the last year or so. He played for me this piano track, one I was already familiar with but one I had not listened to since he had done some remix and mastering work. Daniel played the track, which I loved, and we talked about classical piano and the way technology has made it much easier for those without a classical background to still fully explore this style of music. This is his first piano composition.
Then he spoke of Ada Lovelace and her vision, and this is when he revealed the music cover. It is a stunning creation, and this is what he says about the actual composition:
“It takes instrumentation freely available in Ada Lovelace’s day when she wrote about a future world where machines could be used to make music, then uses it to interpret motifs and themes common in the computer dominated music culture of today (loops & sampled hooks, pitch shifting, call & response, filter sweeps, bass drops & sustained one note bass lines, mid song breakdowns, all expressed in a “classical” way with traditional grand piano notes.)
I wouldn’t be able to play this all the way through live as my piano fingering skills are not developed enough. But I was able to use my computer to build it up at a comfortable tempo bit by bit one hand at a time until the desired effect was achieved. Although there is a fair amount of repetition in this composition, every note was individually pressed by my hands so that there is no “copy and paste” of loops or notes anywhere. Many of the recorded/sampled piano notes I used were of the softest and closest microphone position so that you can hear the beating and movement of the striking mechanism since a piano is after all a machine operated by human hands and minds, just like a computer.
I’ve sometimes thought that if I could change one thing about my musical journey, I would have myself classically trained on a piano from an early age. Well, thanks to technology, the inner voice can still be expressed in a different way. Enjoy.”
(Nb: This is chosen as the song of the week and can be heard on the sidebar at the right)
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