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Mephisto


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peacepiano

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Close to the first piece I ever wrote. Still resonates with me enough to play from time to time, so I thought I would share it with you. Hope you enjoy it. A friend at college suggested the title.
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Hits: 3492
Comments: 22
Fans: 8
Plays: 156
Downloads: 154

Uploaded: Apr 06, 2007 - 10:11:49 AM
Last Updated: Apr 06, 2007 - 10:11:49 AM Last Played: Jul 02, 2019 - 12:12:39 AM
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Hardware:
Clavinova
Software:
GarageBand
Comments
paul f. page said 4482 days ago (April 7th, 2007)
Mephisto
Peace...I am not sure when you first wrote this (from your description), but it strikes me somewhat like the beginnings of some Serial music. The repeated bass with a variety of interesting tonal selections in the middle section is intriguing to me. I haven't heard this kind of music in quite some time. (No offense to the clavinova, but I'll bet this would sound great on an acoustic grand.) Glad I listened and hope to hear more of your compositions for solo keyboard.
Peace.
Paul
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peacepiano said 4482 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
Paul
I wrote this during High School. At the time I was taking a class that included some exposure to Serial music, thanks for noticing. I agree, this does sound richer on a real piano, the best I might be able to do at home is get a good software piano.

Thanks for listening.
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bud said 4480 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Great picture
really intersting piece of music. I like the playing a lot - strong emotion and movement.
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peacepiano said 4480 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Bud
Thanks for listening. I still have some emotions, but I think I had a lot more when I was an adolescent ;)
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Norman Goodman said 4480 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
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Nice use of tension and silence. I enjoyed the breathing room you gave to each idea. Really enjoyed this, you have a very good musical imagination!
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peacepiano said 4479 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
Norman
"imagination" I like that :) Thanks for listening and commenting.
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said 4479 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Very cool
Dark...interesting...moody...music to brood by! Why in the world did you take so long to share this one?

Bravo and be well!
peacepiano said 4474 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
Amagi
Thanks for catching my moody piece. The delay is partly from trying to catch as much of the real piano feel as I could with my set up.

Take care.
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MJG said 4472 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
Sounds good..
Relaxing, enjoyable listen.
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peacepiano said 4471 days ago (April 18th, 2007)
MJG-
Thanks for listening.
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mbehar said 4469 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
the minor pentatonic
always enjoy the minor pentatonic.
well very spacious and open and modal sounding
regards
MB
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peacepiano said 4469 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
Mbehar-
Glad you stopped by. Thanks for the comments.

Peace.
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Bowman said 4450 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
I really dug the middle section
LIke Paul I really dug the middle section very cool strong melody going on here over the bass line. Deliberate and subtly dark. Though it doesn' t need it I'd love to hear it orchestrated.
Best,
-Bowman
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peacepiano said 4450 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
Bowman
Thanks for taking the time to listen to this piece. Orchestrating is an interesting idea. I will put it on the back burner for now, this is one of the few pieces from my early days that I haven't changed around much.
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said 4434 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
i like how...
....it seems to move from a somber reflective to an active, almost oriental piece. for some reason, maybe cuz it's early and the coffee has not kicked in, but i see an asian man milling about his day, moving about through it.
lovely peice!
peacepiano said 4433 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
Faelin-
Interesting image. The oriental is the block chords of my youth :) Usually block chords are a tacky cop out, but they seem to work here. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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paddler said 4429 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
refreshing
an interesting composition-liked the atonal meanderings in the middle
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peacepiano said 4428 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
paddler-
Thanks for stopping by. I used meander for hours on that middle part, but it has since crystalized to what you here now.
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GermanGhost said 4410 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Wow
You have talent.
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peacepiano said 4409 days ago (June 19th, 2007)
Miss Ghost
Thanks and welcome to MacJams. You will find quite a few talented musicians here.
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John Stebbe said 4326 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Debussy
Reminds me of some Debussy pieces that I have played in the past. One section reminds of a piece by Erik Satie.

Interesting sense of space between phrases. I like the hint of the blues scale.

LIke Paul, I agree this would sound better on a real grand piano. I have a Clavinova, and while it's a great instrument in many ways, the decay seems to be too fast, and that's the case on yours as well, it seems.

Reminds me a bit of the piano part on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Nice work here, Peace.
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peacepiano said 4325 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
John-
Good to hear from you. I am glad you like the spaces, silence is under employed in most non-classical music.

When it comes to recording in the natural piano voices I am often frustrated by how it comes out using the clavinova. When I play without GB I tend to over use the sustain to make up for the rapid decay, but GB handles the sustain in a different way (may I say poorly) so I tend to never use sustain in GB forcing me to rethink how to produce some piano ideas.

Thanks again for the advice and support.
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