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    Default I Am A New Age Piano Composer (A Revelation): Find My Future Works Here

    I have had the recent revelation that I am a New Age Artist. The genre is known for it's tranquil sounds and peaceful feelings. I've narrowed down which old works I want to keep, and found a vision for the future. I am more aware of my technical ability and boundaries than ever, and am composing at that level. My technical abilities aren't for those that like to be dazzled by fast scales, but if you enjoy a strong melodic hook, please do listen. I felt the need to create a new thread on this similar topic because I am having a fresh start to my musical journey. You can listen to my youtube channel if you'd like, it's linked below.

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    Nakulan

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyU...BiV30dA/videos
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    The first work I'd like to showcase and discuss is "Arra". It is interesting in that it has portions in 7 and sections in 6.

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    I'm happy for you, it's a big deal to find one's identity. And seeing as how hectic, busy, and stressful a lot of peoples' lives are, something tranquil and relaxing is probably very welcome.

    Good luck pursuing your new direction
    "To play without passion is inexcusable!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    The first work I'd like to showcase and discuss is "Arra". It is interesting in that it has portions in 7 and sections in 6.
    It doesn't matter whether you call the music new age or Classical, the same applies. I still think you need to work on harmonizing your left hand with right more consistently. New Age and pop composers still do the same. Try paying attention to music you like and how it sounds together, I mean like more critically or analytically. There were a couple of pieces a while ago, where you didn't use functional harmony, where it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    It doesn't matter whether you call the music new age or Classical, the same applies. I still think you need to work on harmonizing your left hand with right more consistently. New Age and pop composers still do the same. Try paying attention to music you like and how it sounds together, I mean like more critically or analytically. There were a couple of pieces a while ago, where you didn't use functional harmony, where it worked.
    I remember which one it was too. When I say I'm New Age, all I'm saying is that I'm decidedly not as complex as Classical Music, much more based on pop sounding melodies and utilize pop song structures.

    I have been listening to lots of solo piano New Age albums and I'm starting to get some fresh ideas. We'll see what comes out of me next.

    All I know is that I'm no longer going to force myself into doing something out of my comfort zone, I just want to arrive there by listening to a variety of music. That's how it's always been for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I remember which one it was too. When I say I'm New Age, all I'm saying is that I'm decidedly not as complex as Classical Music, much more based on pop sounding melodies and utilize pop song structures.

    I have been listening to lots of solo piano New Age albums and I'm starting to get some fresh ideas. We'll see what comes out of me next.

    All I know is that I'm no longer going to force myself into doing something out of my comfort zone, I just want to arrive there by listening to a variety of music. That's how it's always been for me.
    I agree. It has to come naturally or feel natural even if you try something else. I had my doubts what Serge said about trying something crazy would apply to you, it was more for someone with a firmer (maybe too firm) grasp of what they do. That's why I was interested in hearing the result even if it was bad.
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    Here is the song I took down, Phil. I changed the tone to piano which makes a lot of difference, I in the end think it's a rather fun little composition, maybe something like Zappa would write, melodically speaking?
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    Sounds great and I'm glad you found your musical identity. The hardest part is over, now have some fun writing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscardude View Post
    Sounds great and I'm glad you found your musical identity. The hardest part is over, now have some fun writing
    Thanks for listening and commenting Oscar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post


    Here is the song I took down, Phil. I changed the tone to piano which makes a lot of difference, I in the end think it's a rather fun little composition, maybe something like Zappa would write, melodically speaking?
    Works for me. You did branch out with this one. The accompaniment is more sophisticated I think, don't you agree? It's not New Age. I think don't worry too much about labels and just do your thing. I think the melody starting around 0:14 would sound better in the bass and you shift the accompaniment to your right hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Works for me. You did branch out with this one. The accompaniment is more sophisticated I think, don't you agree? It's not New Age. I think don't worry too much about labels and just do your thing. I think the melody starting around 0:14 would sound better in the bass and you shift the accompaniment to your right hand.
    Yes, I agree. I'm not sure I could change the melody and accompaniment around like that and actually be able to perform it.

    That's something to think about, doing melodies with the left hand.

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    This might be the same piece, but it sounds about a million times better using this keyboard sound rather than the harpsichord sound that you used before. I didn't realize the instrumentation would have such a dramatic effect on the actual music itself. Even "Caramel Popcorn" as the name fits better than your previous name ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by SergeOfArniVillage View Post
    This might be the same piece, but it sounds about a million times better using this keyboard sound rather than the harpsichord sound that you used before. I didn't realize the instrumentation would have such a dramatic effect on the actual music itself. Even "Caramel Popcorn" as the name fits better than your previous name ^_^
    Yes, I agree. It was a bad call on both counts last time, and I knew better!

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    Here is a new one:


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    ^ That's a good one. Plus the left hand always suited what was going on. It's like a lullaby. It's up to you, but you may want to develop it more. After around the 2:00 mark it was repeating stuff from before, and I generally tune out when that happens.
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