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#1802447 - 12/08/11 04:40 AM Some old/new stuff
ZackParrish Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 8
Loc: Morristown, TN, USA
Hello all, this is my first post in this forum, so this is a pseudo introduction to my coming here and doubling as a post for my piano compositions. I've been playing the piano for quite some time, although I've gotten out of practice over the years and my hands/fingers have severely weakened from getting used to playing on a non-weighted keyboard. I plan on lurking around these forums in search of advice to get back to where I was and eventually better at the piano.

Anyway, looking forward to learning a lot from everyone here.

My compositions can be streamed at:


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#1802701 - 12/08/11 02:06 PM Re: Some old/new stuff [Re: ZackParrish]
Daniel Tkach Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 41
Loc: Buenos Aires, Argentina
I like your music very much. I was looking for something powerful sounding yesterday and I ended up listening to Rachmaninoff, not very satisfied. This is what I would have liked to listen to. So thanks for sharing.

Is that you playing with your hands, or it's the computer software? That piano is so powerful!

#1802757 - 12/08/11 03:43 PM Re: Some old/new stuff [Re: Daniel Tkach]
ZackParrish Offline
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Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 8
Loc: Morristown, TN, USA
Thanks, glad you liked it. smile The piano in those records is a sampled piano. I'd use a real piano but I don't have one that... well, sounds like a 7' Steinway. :[ One day... maybe...

I have a fetish for loud bass hits in piano music... I just love how powerful it sounds. Whenever I play the 1st movement of Moonlight Sonata there are parts where the dynamics say "mp" or some other moderate to low velocity markings, and I find myself playing it fortissimo sometimes, especially in the more dramatic sections of the song. laugh

Are the songs you have on soundcloud originals?

#1802774 - 12/08/11 04:25 PM Re: Some old/new stuff [Re: ZackParrish]
Daniel Tkach Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 41
Loc: Buenos Aires, Argentina
It's a sampled piano but what I meant to ask is if you played it or you composed the score and it was played back by the computer. If you played it, I congratulate you, if you wrote the dynamics I congratulate you too, it's very realistic.

And yes, the recordings I uploaded to soundcloud are originals, I wrote a draft score for a couple of them, half of them just improvisations which I played only once.

By the way, I do the same with Moonlight Sonata, haha!

Edited by Daniel Tkach (12/08/11 04:26 PM)

#1802783 - 12/08/11 05:01 PM Re: Some old/new stuff [Re: Daniel Tkach]
ZackParrish Offline
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Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 8
Loc: Morristown, TN, USA
Gotta love artistic interpretation. smile

All the recordings were written out on the comp with hefty amounts of editing on the velocity & tempo. I think the fact I can play the piano helps when I'm trying to emulate the sound of someone actually playing the piece. The only one I think could be better done by a long shot is "The Blossom" but I wrote that one out by hand(pencil & paper) first and I rushed through the production of the mp3 due to how long I had spent scribbling on paper. Delicate Strings and Nothing Ever Lasts we're improvisations originally, but I quantized and fine tuned things in the MIDI recordings of them to make a more polished mp3.


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