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Released: Dec 9, 2016 | 9:33 AM
Category: New Age
Application: [unknown]
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 1.57 MB

Plays: 491
Downloads: 1
Weekly Plays: 5
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
I'm currently working on the next of my ventures into electronica, but it's taking a bit longer this time, so I thought it might be time for some light relief. I decided to record something to try out the awesome Pianoteq 5 modeled piano VST, which I think sounds absolutely beautiful.

The track is a cover of a piece of music on the 'To The Moon' soundtrack, which is one of my go-to pieces to play when I just want to chill out for a while. The original composer is Kan 'Reives' Gao, who plays it way better than I ever will.

I hope you enjoy it!

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becwil Moderator

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Yes, the piano samples sound excellent. Yes, your rendition is also excellent. I don't know the original and I can see why it is a go-to piece for relaxation. I'm enjoying getting to know these new sides of your musical muse.
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1 year ago
eido Moderator

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@becwil: Thanks! smiley

Just in case you or anyone else is interested, the Pianoteq instrument isn't actually a sample library -- it's a 40MB VST (compare that to the gigabytes required for a decent piano sample library) which models the physical behaviour of a piano to simulate what happens when a key is pressed.

While the simulation isn't perfect (so, for any given note on any given key, a perfect sample from a real piano will sound more authentic), this allows you to do things you couldn't easily do with a sample library, like modelling the sympathetic resonance between strings when the damper pedal is down, or tweaking various physical characteristics (e.g. moving the hammers closer to the strings, or detuning the piano for a honky-tonk sound).

I've used some beautiful sample libraries over the years (and the 'silent piano' samples on my Clavinova and Yamaha UX2 upright piano) but they all sound too 'clean' -- there's no interplay between notes, none of the 'liveness' from a real instrument. The Pianoteq is a lot closer in that respect, so it's a huge amount of fun to play.
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becwil Moderator

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Ah, I should've read up on it first. Thanks for more info.
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herrsolera Artist

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You know I'm a total sucker for beautiful, introspective piano music. It's the kind of melody that serves as a musical blank slate for my emotions, magnifying whatever it is I'm feeling at the time. I'm completely unfamiliar with this composer, but after hearing this very beautiful cover, I'm looking to explore some of his material.

Great performance. It sounds like you did well by the source material.
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12 months ago
eido Moderator

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@herrsolera: On the 'blank slate' point -- this is actually a great piece to play around with different expressive techniques, because even subtle tweaks to tempo, articulation and so forth can give it quite a different feel. (Playing it in minor rather than major is also striking -- it works just as well in the other tonality but feels completely different emotionally.)
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