• Spotted!

    Spotted: Goldmund – For a Time

    Today I’m introducing you to the American born composer Goldmund, who is now based in Canada, and his the track For a Time. Goldmund have been releasing music under this moniker for about 15 years, but also makes music using the named Helios and Mint Julep. He started playing the piano in his 20s while studying percussion at the Berklee College of music. 

    The track For a Time was released as a single on the 10th of September, 2020 but will also be featured on the album The time it takes, which will be out in October, 2020. 

    Tell us something about your track For a Time!
    For a Time is open for interpretation; however, the title generally comes from defining a moment in time, and how some moments are remembered as abrupt vignettes with no discernible arc or beginning/middle/end, it’s not wrapped up, it sometimes just hangs there without being book-ended by a memory of what came before or after. I wanted to reflect that in the music, so it’s generally a short piece of music that has a minimal amount of development after the main theme is presented and the sound is treated in such a way that it could be something from long ago, like a lost tape cassette.

    Thank you for this Goldmund!

    For more information, please check out the following links:
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    Spotted: Starr Parodi – I Sama Bili

    Today Iämn introducing you to the American composer and piano player Starr Parodi from California, USA. Starr lives in Los Angeles and started playing the piano at the age of 14.

    I played keyboards in the house band of the hit late night talk show “The Arsenio Hall Show”, and was so fortunate to be able to play with many of my musical heroes including Carole King (who I recorded with a piano duet with), Ray Charles, BB King, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and many others during the course of that show and beyond.

    The track I Sama Bili was released as a single on the 18th of September, 2020.

    Tell us something about your track I Sama Bili!
    The name of this piece, “I Sama Bili”, translates to mean “in this very moment”.  When I compose music for films I will often treat or prepare my Steinway piano with different types of fabric, felt or other items to give the piano a darker, more harmonically complex and intimate sound. It also exposes the sound of the inner workings of the instrument and illuminates the sound of the moving wood, felt and metal. As I was recording this piece I felt like time was suspended.

    Thank you very much for this Starr!

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    Spotted: Daniel Outlaw – Reflection

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Reflection by the American composer and self taught piano player Daniel Outlaw from Inglewood, CA. He started taking his first steps with the piano at the age of 19 and started making his own tunes a couple of years after.

    The track Reflection was released as a single on the 4th of September, 2020.

    Tell us something about the track Reflection!
    This piece was originally written as a practice piece for my girlfriend about 2 years ago. While composing it, I loved the way the piece sounded but I remember the ideas flowing out of me in a way that made me doubt the quality of the work and because of that doubt, I left the piece alone. Eventually, I rediscovered the beauty of this piece and thought it was fit to record and put it out.  

    Thank you so much for this Daniel!

    For more information, please check out the following links:
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    Spotted: Richard LaBrooy – Imperfections

    Yet another track from one of my favorite composers, producers and sound makers! I’m of course talking about Richard Labrooy! Richard comes from Australia and lives in Melbourne, and you can read about (and listen to) a lot more of his songs here!

    The track Imperfections is released as a single and came out on the 27th of September, 2020.

    Thanks again Richard for writing music!

    Here’s some links to all of Richards pages. Check them out!
    Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Website / Spotify

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    Spotted: Laura Christie Wall and Fransoafran – I Have Loved You

    Today I’m introducing you to the track I Have Loved You by the British composer and piano player Laura Christie Wall and the violin player Fransoafran. I have previously written about Lauras song In the half light here, and about Fransoafrans collaboration here!

    The track I have loved you was released as a single on the 11th of September, 2020.

    Tell us something about the track I have loved you!
    Immersive and emotional in style, ‘I Have Loved You’ is an instrumental collaboration between me and Francois Mathian. The soft & contemplative piano melody together with the vulnerable sound of the exposed violin captures the painful moments spent longing after a lost relationship; of not being quite ready to let go but accepting that it is necessary to save your heart from a one-sided love. 

    Thanks for sending me this track!

    For more information, please check out the following links:
    Laura: Facebook / Instagram / Spotify
    Fransoafran: Facebook / Spotify

  • Behind the piano

    Behind the piano: Wings for Louise

    It’s Thursday again, and today we get to know the French born, but Canada based composer Wings for Louse!

    What’s your real name? 
    My name is Charly Martin 

    How did you come up with your artist name? 
    I’m a big fan of the metal band Tool. They’ve got a song called « Wings for Marie » Wings for Louise is kind of a tribute to this song. I changed the name Marie for Louise to keep a French name, but also in reference to the French band « Louise attaque ». When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the fact that they named Louise but they’re only mens in the band. I found this dichotomy, very cool at an early age, even if at the age of 6 I didn’t know what was a dichotomy… 

    Where are you from? And where do you live? 
    I was born and raised in a small town in south of France near Spain, called Narbonne. It’s in the Languedoc region between Toulouse, Barcelona and Marseille.

    8 years ago I moved to Montreal in Canada to study sound design. I really loved the city and the people here, even if I was a bit confused by the different North American culture at the beginning. I discovered the Québec culture who is a very rich and fascinating culture, so I decided to embrace this culture and became a permanent resident of Canada. Now I’ve got two home. 

    How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well? 
    I started playing the piano three years ago. I discovered a label from Montreal (Moderna Records) Who were releasing piano music and I remember being blown away by the intense emotions that I felt, listening to this music… 

    At this moment, I was releasing music with my previous Electronica project Echo 6, I was very inspired by artists like Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, Christian Löffler and I only used some simple piano chords or really simple short piano melodies in my music. After diving deeper in the Modern Classical music scene, I decided to learn the piano by myself. Two years ago I decided to start my own « Piano project » and here we are ! 

    I also played drums in a Post-Core band in France, and used to be a Guitar teacher for 6 years. I also play a bit of accordion and I really want to learn Trumpet ! 

    Tell us about how you started playing music. 
    I started to « play » music when I was 12, after I seeing a friend of mine take my father’s guitar and play a song by The Offspring. The next week we started a band and played shitty Metallica covers. 

    How long have you been making piano music?
    I started to make my own piano compositions two years ago with this project Wings for Louise.

    Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
    During my adolescence, I mainly listened to metal music, but some day I discovered the album Days to come by Bonobo and one song in particular, transmission 94 who literally blew my mind. The next day I started learning how to use a music program to create music like Bonobo. I released my very first EP « Make a Sound from silence » with my project Echo 6 in 2010.

    What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”? 
    I discovered the genre like many people with Erased Tapes artists, (Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds) I also knew Yann Tiersen’s music before and he’s still one of my favorite artists. but now that I dived deeper into this genre, I listen a lot of Dominique Charpentier, Jean-Michel Blais, I also like the Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. 

    Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s? 
    Actually yes, I like to play « Instantané » by Dominique Charpentier from his album The Cakemaker Soundtrack , this piece is very slow and emotional and there is a really nice arpeggio. 

    What rules (in making music) needs to be broken? 
    Every rules should be broken. In music, in life, except maybe in physics… It should be broken to go forward. 

    How do you record your music? Yourself? In a big studio? etc. 
    I have a home studio where I can record my piano. I like to layer real pianos sounds with sampled sounds. 

    Whats your take on sampled instruments? 
    I use them a lot in my process, I produced a lot of electronic music before this project and still doing it. Sampled instruments are very useful and can bring you unexpected ideas. Even if I’m convinced that certain emotions from a violinist for example can’t be reproduced by a sampler. The piano is a very easy to sample instrument so there is a lot of really good libraries. 

    Anything else you want to share? 
    Yes, thank you very much for your time and for your interest in my music. And thank you to people for reading your blog ! 

    And as always, the question from my five year old son:
    Where do all your songs come from? 
    All my songs come from the world, from life who surround us. I’m just a simple converter who transform air into notes. 

    Thank you for your participation Martin!

    For more information and updates, check out these links:
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    Spotted: Juha Mäki-Patola – Inside of the Ocean

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Inside of the Ocean by the Finnish composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Juha Mäki-Patola. Juha has just started to release music under his own name even though he’s been involved in the Finnish music community for over a decade.

    The track Inside of the Ocean was released as a single on the 15th of September, but will also be featured on the upcoming album Breath.

    Tell us something about the track Inside of the Ocean!
    I started to compose “Inside Of The Ocean” in August 2019 and it was on my table a long time before it found its final form. I tried different arrangements and did several recordings before I reached the piece I’m satisfied with.

    Thank you very much for this Juha! Looking forward to hear the album!

    For more information and updates, check out the following links:
    Instagram / Website / Spotify

  • Behind the piano

    Behind the piano: Domenico Quaceci

    Today It’s Thursday! Horray! And today we’ll meet the composer and piano player Domenico Quaceci!

    Where are you from? And where do you live?
    I am Italian, from Sicily, and I live in Catania.

    How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
    I have been studying piano since I was 10 years old, but I can say that I started “playing” it even earlier by going by ear discovering its sounds, key by key. I also play other instruments like guitar, bass and drums because of my strong interest into pop music.

    Tell us about how you started playing music. 
    As a child I started playing because of my curiousness about the piano and then my parents pushed me towards academic studies of piano and music in general.

    How long have you been making piano music?
    With the aim of escaping from the “boredom” of classical studies, I started varying the themes of Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin’s sonatas, or even exercises in pure technique. Then I moved on inventing new tunes. I can say that I have composed dozens and dozens of simple tunes, certainly not very mature to be called songs, but very funny for me anyway.

    Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
    I used to play in a band and that’s where for the first time I recorded my “creations”. Together with the degree in piano and the musical studies I have faced over the years, this fact pushed me to write down my music for solo piano and start this career as a pianist and composer. Surely my musical maturation has just begun but I can finally say “I have something to say” by using my music.

    What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
    The artists who I cannot miss in their personal ranking are Ludovico Einaudi, Giovanni Allevi, Roberto Cacciapaglia, Max Ricther and also Yann Tiersen.

    Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s? 
    Well, there is a song that I play and play when I finish my day of studies, when I am bored because of the repertoire I study or when I want a moment of peace: yes, it is a composition of mine!

    What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
    In my opinion you realize what are the rules to break only when you find yourself in front of something unusual, and you wonder if it is appropriate to insert it in the composition or not.

    How do you record your music? Yourself? In a big studio? etc.
    I am fortunate to have a piano at home, excellent acoustics and to collaborate with a label. Therefore we prefer to “set up” a recording studio in my house and record with a real instrument which, in my opinion, is definitely the best for piano solo music. Unfortunately due to Covid I have to say that I had to resort to the use of keyboards.

    Whats your take on sampled instruments?
    As I said before, if I have the choice I prefer a real piano, but there are some great samples that do their job very well (and I know something about it). I would definitely say that the samples are fine for music that is not only piano, but also with electronic instruments.

    Anything else you want to share? 
    I have already written and recorded an album that due to the covid it was published yet, so on my Socials and digital stores (spotify, youtube, apple music, etc …) you will find some single tracks that have been recorded by myself and mixed by my label’s stuff, as I really have a lot of music in my head and I don’t want it to remain locked up in my mind, for myself only!

    And the question by the 6 year old son:
    Where do all your songs come from? 
    My songs come from images that I have in my head, these images can be like paintings or images of moments that can be associated with that song (just like a soundtrack). Sometimes I compose pieces starting from a chord or an arpeggio that I necessarily want to play on my composition and everything revolves around that gesture, that movement, those notes.

    And the question by the 6 year old son:
    Where do all your songs come from? 
    My songs come from images that I have in my head, these images can be like paintings or images of moments that can be associated with that song (just like a soundtrack). Sometimes I compose pieces starting from a chord or an arpeggio that I necessarily want to play on my composition and everything revolves around that gesture, that movement, those notes.

    Thank you very much for this!

    For more information, please check out the following links:
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  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Domenico Quaceci – Your Eyes

    Today I’m presenting you to the track Your Eyes by the Italian composer and piano player Domenico Quaceci. Domenico has history both with classical music studies and being a keyboarder with various pop bands. He started his classical music studies at the age of ten. Apart from his musical life he has also graduated in Biology.

    The track Your Eyes was released as a single on the 15th of September, but will also be part of an upcoming album.

    Tell us something about your track Your Eyes!
    Your eyes is a song with a romantic and nostalgic flavor. I composed the song in three identical nights as the three main notes of the melody: only the light of the street lamps entered through the windows and the sound of the sleeping city.

    Thank your for this Domenico!

    For more information, please check out the following links:
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    Spotted: Tiffany Hobson – Dream Song

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Dream Song by the American composer and piano player Tiffany Hobson, who lives in Montana. Tiffany has played the piano since the age of eight, and started releasing her own music about a year ago.

    This track was released as a single, but will also be featured on Tiffany’s debut album in the summer of 2021. 

    Tell us something about your track Dream Song!
    This year I have been composing original piano pieces for each of my four children. This particular piece was written for my two year old son. Two year olds can be cute, but they can also be wild and fussy and I wanted to write him a soothing, peaceful, lullaby-like song.

    Thank you for this Tiffany!

    For more information, check out the following links:
    Facebook / Instagram / Website / Spotify