Piano Pieces

by Steven McDaniel

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My very good friend the painter Tajinder Bhui wanted me to create some music to reflect her work and accompany her exhibition at Queen Mary, University of London, in March 2012. Her pictures are extraordinary and powerful; totally contemporary and abstract yet full of warmth, emotion and colour. Indeed, Tajinder says that emotion is what this particular series of works express, but refuses to explain further, leaving it to the viewer to make their own response. So I did.

The music I created all sprung from my improvisations at the keyboard, performed with these beautiful paintings in mind. Capturing an inspired performance as it happens provides rich source material for later manipulation. Recording the ‘Midi Information’ (data about the pitch and velocity of each note strike), allows endless manipulation possibilities, while retaining the feel of the playing. Some of the improvisations were almost complete in themselves, just needing a little tidying up to overcome slips of the fingers. Others provided starting points for much more ‘composed’ pieces.

The aim was to use computer technology to create highly realistic audio productions to sound and feel as if the pieces were being played on real pianos by real concert pianists in a real environment, to completely represent what I was imagining. (I hope one day to actually make this happen in a live performance!). This production makes use of three settings from the ‘Imperial Grand’ virtual instrument for Sample Tank by Allan Parsons, to realise the three different pianos needed for the work.
Steven McDaniel

Tajinder Bhui Art: www.bhuiart.co.uk

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released August 21, 2015

Composed, performed and produced by Steven McDaniel

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Planet Zyz Milton Keynes, UK

At Planet Zyz ‘Soul Music’ is created. Genre is irrelevant. As a producer I see it as my job to empathise closely with the artists I am working with, and to use the compositional, performance and audio skills I have at my disposal to realise the music they have inside their heads. (That includes my own music!) Every piece tells a story. Check out the website: It’s a bag of gems. Steven McDaniel ... more

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