Friday, July 18, 2008

COMPOSING - A MUSICAL TSUNAMI, A SIXTH SENSE and the 100 DAY CHALLENGE

So now that my piano has been delivered you may think that I can go back to composing for my new CD, right? Wrong.

For me, composing is not linked in any way to any physical instrument.
The only instrument (In the sense of tool) that I really need is a pen. Paper is even relative because anything goes - from Post Its to printed sheet music... it all works for me.

Composing is a process that takes place in my head and heart. In fact, I would dare to say that sitting at the piano may even un-inspire me compared to the musical roller-coaster that is going on in my head... weird, huh?

Music composition is an intellectual process because it takes place in the mind, but ultimately it's a series of emotional decisions that result in a final piece, a work of art, a creative product.

And music makes music makes music.

People often ask me what I was thinking of when I improvised brand new material non-stop for an entire 3 days and 3 nights (Click here to read about the World Record). I often say "Nothing" but, really, everything I see turns into music.

The reality of things is that I am constantly hit in my mind with soaring melodies and songs - An intimate piano piece, a lush orchestral phrase, a touching vocal solo...

It's like a musical tsunami that hits my head 24 hours a day - literally. I dream of melodies when I sleep. Anything I see when I walk around, the urban rhythms that surround our modern metropolitan life, indeed - everything is somehow delivered into a feeling that is like a sixth sense to me: Music

I see, I hear, I taste, I feel, I smell... I think music...

Yesterday I told someone of this feeling and they humorously mentioned it almost sounds like I'm being haunted by music... The truth is that it's not a burden, as much as a delight.

The burden comes whenever all of this dynamic energy doesn't seem to get its rightful, appropriate outlet.

The last 18 months have been so complex that as a result time has slipped through my fingers and I haven't produced my new CD as planned, which in any case has shifted in it's focus. Is this a complaint?

No. It's a warning.

Within the next 100 days I'm going to focus on completing the tracks of the new CD, record them and get them to you. Then the fun begins.

You can check out the progress on this creative board I opened. Click here & enjoy!

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Ciao!

Christian
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

THE PIANO WORKS

A few days ago I had the chance to try the piano out. Sounds amazing.
The YAMAHA UX3 has a nice grand-like sound to it.

I can't wait for the equipment to record it so you can hear it!

I would take a few pictures but I can't find my digicam's battery charger!!!

In any case it was so funny because I started playing the piano and before I realized it, while I was minding my own business, I had an audience:

2 Electricians, 3 painters, 4 kitchen guys and my wife...

After which I realized that the performance was on my dime so I sent them all back to work!
LOL...