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I tried to make good use of the additional free time during the pandemic, and have recorded several of my compositions. For most of them, I had to do quite some practising to be able to play them on the piano. But altogether I'm quite happy with the result!

Here's a selection of some of the works which may be of interest for you:


I've also created some videos with scores:


And finally the overview page of the Youtube channel, with more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKNDQRiItTFxuZyq_RMMD_A

I hope you enjoy some of the pieces! I know it all depends on personal taste, but I'm looking forward to some feedback (positive as well as negative - hopefully constructive)!

Best regards, Alex
 

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Thanks for the feedback!

Generally my first impulse is to compose music that I enjoy myself and also like to play. I want to keep this premise, but I'm also interested in the effect the different pieces have on the listeners, as I'm slowly trying to reach more people with my music.

Sometimes I find it difficult to estimate what kind of music is also interesting for other people. Of course in concerts I get direct feedback on the different pieces - but that's only from a non-representative group of people (and I don't organize concerts often). Therefore I'm very interested in the feedback from TC - as most of the members should be very experiences listeners or even musicians. I'm mainly interested in feedback composition-wise, as I won't be able to make big improvements performance-wise ;-)
 

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I don't know if that was meant as sarcasm (having a blast), or if you can see beneath the surface ;)

I know that my body language isn't really expressive - but that's fine for me as I don't have plans to make a living from performing. But on the inside, I really enjoy playing this music!

Regarding the melody: You're right, a couple of the pieces are quite rhythm-centered (as I'm very attracted to interesting rhythms). I'll keep that in mind for the next works, and I'll try not to lose sight of the melodies.

But how about pieces like "Noctine" or the "Classic-Jazz-Ballad" (see OP)? Also too melody-light for your taste?
 

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An overview of several other compositions which are maybe "catchier" respectively easier to follow:

 

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score videos

For some of my compositions, I've created score videos with Sibelius and a Video-Tool, using live-recordings or the NotePerformer-Output as Audio.

The first one in the list I've just uploaded to Youtube:

 

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Thanks a lot for the detailed information! That was the kind of feedback I was hoping for.

I'll try to refer to your reply structure:

La Playa:

As almost all of my pieces, I've written an exact piano score of La Playa. As I've also played it in a concert, it's more effective for me to play it memorized. When you compare the solo version and the drum-version, there should be little differences (only playing mistakes). Therefore there is no leadsheet or improv in this piece.

One of my main weaknesses is the low level of form and structure. I'm slowly getting better at it, but I still don't prioritize form and structure high enough. At La Playa, I had no plan of using AABA or any other form - the current "form" (or lack of it) was just created by my inspirations. I'll pay more attention to it! Your other remarks for La Playa are clear for me and I find them very helpful.

Noctine:

I tried to write Noctine as a piece of similar sound, rhythm and melody like a Chopin Nocturne. Some little deviations are fine for me, because I also wanted to add my own style to it. I also agree that a wider range of the keyboard would improve the piece at certain parts.

Funk:

The resemblance of the starting theme to "just the two of us" was not intended, but I can hear it as well. I think the difference is still big enough, but I'll keep it in mind.

Gran Paradiso:

Getting into film scoring would be very interesting for me, but I couldn't find a suitable education so far. Until I find a matching training course, I'll continue doing experiments like this.

I guess for a slide-show the options are more limited to place slide-cuts "off-beat". But you've convinced me that it would be better to add more variation to the cut-timings.

I've developed video & music simultaneously. I've chosen the pool of pictures in advance - and then I always looked at the next few pictures and thought about what kind of musical athmosphere would fit these pictures. Sometimes I also chose another picture if it didn't match the musical flow.

Afterwards I chose the cut timings of those pictures. For example I chose a more dramatic sound for the rocky descent after 2:30 - and also a faster cut rate for this section.

Thanks for all the input and impulse!
 

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I just got a simple idea that might help, regarding the bad style of hitting too many video cuts:

Maybe it would help if I try to soften the video cuts. I'll try that when I make a similar video again...
 

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I uploaded a new soundtrack I created for a mountaineering video:

This time I tried to write mainstream-like music - the result was something between Funk, Pop and Rock. I tried to construct the music interesting nevertheless. It was also a good exercise for me to get more training with the DAW workflows.

I know that the saxophone sound has quite some room for improvement - I hope to be able to produce more realistic sounds with other sample libraries and more training. Currently I'm using Cubase as DAW and Native Instruments Komplete as sample library.

The pictures are from a ski mountaineering trip to a mountain called Alpspitze I did a few weeks ago (hence the title).

Hope you enjoy it despite the "mainstream-ness"! ;)
 
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