Monday, October 17, 2016

Something more more more different

So 20 years ago, with voluminous help and legwork from Jay Eckardt, I put together my first all-me CD at a cost to me of exactly $26,325.25. Then CRI folded, got swallowed by New World, and today the clearest evidence of those many dollars is a playlist on YouTube. Go figure.

I may have been just nerdy enough at the time to get a t-shirt made of the album's cover.

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Bridge 9477

Happy to report that this blog will soon cease to have new entries.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

One down, one to go.

The digital download of the piano concerto CD was available at the usual places on August 9. The physical CD will be available on September 13, and I just got my first of those. Woo hoo!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Final edits!

BMOP/sound 1048 at final edits. Woo hoo! Liner notes proofread and going to the printer.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

And a playlist

Kara Huber posted this playlist last May. Enjoy. You can also go to YouTube for the playlist.

BMOP/sound 1048

Correction on that. The piano concerto CD will be BMOP/sound 1048, for reasons unknown. A hazy B&W version of the cover appeared in last night's BMOP program (which was very good). Now I know what a stolen moment actually looks like.

Meanwhile, production expenses for the étude CD have been found, and Hayes is writing the liner notes. Double bar at end of tunnel beginning to be seen.

Monday, May 4, 2015

BMOP/sound 1044

... is, I am told, the release number for the piano concerto CD, which will be called Stolen Moments. Because that's the name of the other piece filling out the CD. Currently seeking cover art, Hayes is writing the notes, and soon editing may begin. Summer release possible.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CD mastered

The CD of Études Volume 4 has been mastered and sent to Bridge. All manner of celebration has occurred, and in all manner of language.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A February update

We got the first edits of Études 4 in late November, and we expect the second edits soon. I temporarily put sound files here.

Piano Concerto 2 with Stolen Moments on BMOP/Sound has a target date of mid-summer. You can watch this space for that, but it won't get you very far.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

More different something completely different.

Youkyoung Kim, also prominent in the post just below this, posted another Davytude and it's amazing. From memory.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

And now for something completely different

… but the same anyways.

The World Piano Competition happened in Cincinnati last month while I was staring at Lake Champlain a lot, and this year they instituted an American requirement — at least nine minutes of American music from a smorgasbord of their making was required to be performed by every contestant in the first round. I was part of that smorgasbord. As the competition was happening, they were throwing up snippet videos onto their YouTube page, including the two breathtaking performances of 'tudes of mine seen below. These performers rock, and they rock completely.

Also, the framing music is cute.

Fists of Fury. What the étude is about is pretty clear. One of these days this piece is going to be responsible for breaking a piano. Amy made the first video of this piece in 2001.

Absofunkinlutely. This is an exciting and dynamic performance, and it impresses me how very different every performance of this piece is. It's a barn-burner here, and a hell of a barn burner. And in case you like watching pages magically turn (she's using her mind), this is the video for you.

Amy made the first video of this piece in 2008.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Stone Tower speaks

The studio I was given at Yaddo is called the Acosta Nichols studio, or the Stone Tower. It's a repurposed failed ice house deep in the woods by the walking paths around the grounds. When my work for the day was done, I had a habit of opening the windows and playing music loudly for all residents taking their walks.

Finally the Stone Tower expressed its concerns.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

In the can! Part deux

So I left Yaddo a day early. I wrote 51 minutes of music there (I usually write 45 minutes in a year) and had nothing left to do, so instead of tooling around doing nothing, I came back home to grown-up internet (75M as compared to 768K at Yaddo), and I was able to upload — rather rapidly — all the remaining etude movies we made with Judy Sherman's sound layered in. Thus, as before, they are presented with minimal comment.

Chase for piano and celesta. Amy strapped a GoPro to her forehead for the take. Dramamine recommended.

Not for talking pianist, text by Rick Moody. Amy seems to be having some fun. Rick says the text is about the Bush era.

Ecco Eco, an echo étude. All the gestures echo, at different delay points, and some of them have Doppler effect. It's pretty hard.

Narcissitude is a fast mirror étude, in which, for most of the piece, the left hand is the exact mirror inversion of the right, and a sixteenth note later.

Diminishing Return is about fading repeated notes, and word on the streets is it's hard.

Quietude is a slow étude on dominant seventh chords dedicated to Gusty Thomas.

Solid Goldie is an étude in search of a lullaby on GCH ("Goldie Celeste Hunka") celebrating the birth of Marilyn Nonken's first daughter.

Friday, June 20, 2014

In the can!

Amy and I were in New York to record Études Volume 4 last week, and we got those 22 suckers into the can in which they belong (all of Books VIII and IX, Polkritude (#93) and Quietude (#97). Amy was so well-prepared that we only used 45 minutes of the third day of sessions, and we got to go home early. For me, that meant driving to Yaddo, where I had been, and where I type this right now.

Not evident is that I carried a toy piano to the sessions. But very evident is that I brought a GoPro camera. Bitchin.

Also, of course, we made some movies. Rather than comment at all, I'll just stack them here and you can go aah a lot. Or scratch your head, confused.