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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I just put together a new disc of tunes called "Chopsticks". Check it out if you want to! Please do feel free to listen to the other albums there if you feel like it.

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    I liked how Rain Dance started out, it was moody. But overall there were only 2 short motifs, the first one and the one at 0:30. I would have liked less repetition and small changes, and would like the right hand to have more melodies. When I think about it, it is not quite minimalism, more like ambient music. Minimalism like Steve Reich or Glass have more counterpoint and intricacy, and an elaborate set up or arrangement, even when it is repetitive and has basic and predictable variations.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Stu7h7Qup8

    I would say yours is more akin to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_MRe3JwFc8

    or this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AWIqXzvX-U

    On piano without effects, the Aphex Twin would sound more boring (some would say it already is), because the piano is too recognizable, and I suspect people would start comparing this and your music with Liszt or something, when they hear the piano. So my suggestion is to try different patches, timbres, electronic manipulation of your current music, where you don't change the content itself, or else move toward more intracacy and counterpoint like Glass and Reich, which I don't think is nearly as easy to do. A third option I think is to develop themes more, which also requires a lot of work. I just think you're in a bit of a no-man's land territory right now, stylistically. I wouldn't say it is an original style either because it is not altering something to achieve a greater result or showcasing in a different light. I'm sure Nikola would disagree, but that is my view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I liked how Rain Dance started out, it was moody. But overall there were only 2 short motifs, the first one and the one at 0:30. I would have liked less repetition and small changes, and would like the right hand to have more melodies. When I think about it, it is not quite minimalism, more like ambient music. Minimalism like Steve Reich or Glass have more counterpoint and intricacy, and an elaborate set up or arrangement, even when it is repetitive and has basic and predictable variations.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Stu7h7Qup8


    I would say yours is more akin to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_MRe3JwFc8

    or this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AWIqXzvX-U

    On piano without effects, the Aphex Twin would sound more boring (some would say it already is), because the piano is too recognizable, and I suspect people would start comparing this and your music with Liszt or something, when they hear the piano. So my suggestion is to try different patches, timbres, electronic manipulation of your current music, where you don't change the content itself, or else move toward more intracacy and counterpoint like Glass and Reich, which I don't think is nearly as easy to do. A third option I think is to develop themes more, which also requires a lot of work. I just think you're in a bit of a no-man's land territory right now, stylistically. I wouldn't say it is an original style either because it is not altering something to achieve a greater result or showcasing in a different light. I'm sure Nikola would disagree, but that is my view.

    Sorry for my delay in responding to this, I've been a bit busy the past few days. However, thanks for your always thought out feedback. I certainly see all the points you are making and where you stand in terms of your perspective on my music, but I think I like having my ambient style as you put it so well with the normal piano sound.

    I understand this makes some want to hear "classical madness" as you might say, but I enjoy the delicate (for the most part) piano work I'm doing right now.

    As always, thanks for listening, and giving your feedback.

    I'm happy you found some enjoyment in "Rain Dance"!

    Cheers,

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