185 tracks by yelyah

yelyah - “solo piano 20100411” semi live improv Semi live in that I had an idea of where I wanted to go, but never locked the melody in (as is probably obvious).
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yelyah - “solo piano 20100410” live improv piano Sometimes I leave in the fumbling beginnings because they’re amusing to me. This would be one of those times.
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yelyah - “solo piano 20100409” simple piano melody I really should do something further with this some day. I guess I’m still on a semi-holiday after the marathon songwriting session that produced half life.
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yelyah - “solo piano 20100408” live improv piano Listen as I fall apart near the end of it.
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Funny how it's generally the songs that I spend the most time on, where I hardly write any story. So I'll just briefly say this is the [songfight.org](http://songfight.org) song that I hadn't even intended to write.
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Today, I did a live improv basically because I had to. For some history, back when I was doing song-a-day in August, I was generally doing my daily song as the last thing of the day. It worked well. It gave me a nearly a full day to come up with…read more
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I never did get the backwards piano crescendo quite how I wanted it. I guess it would be one big argument for working with it as an audio file, rather than an NNXT set to play a sample backwards. Also, the timing at the end feels screwy. My guess…read more
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ambient/chill-out type tune
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What's strange to me is that sometimes when I play back these live improvs, I hear a lot more mistakes than I remember actually making. And it's quite possible that it's not in my head. I already noticed that my digital piano treats really quiet…read more
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yelyah - "solo piano 20100402" 60% deliberate + 40% improv = 100% imperfect playing
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Another live improv. All black keys. Gotta love ‘em.
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Live improv. Minimalist piano. No edits.
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If you followed me back in August, you might remember how I spent several days porting this song over to Logic. Well, now that I'm using Reason+Record, I basically threw out all of that hard work and started over. I haven't yet had the time…read more
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A change up for me in that there’s no damper pedal on this one. Have I mentioned how bloody difficult it is to operate a damper pedal whilst sitting on a balance ball? Don’t try this at home folks!
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My second [songfight.org](songfight.org) song. Once again, I knew about the song title for the song fight in advance, but waited for the last day to actually write/produce the whole thing.
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I continue to struggle with hand independence. I tried to teach myself the left hand pattern that starts the song, so that I could riff against it. But no. Just couldn’t get it. So I decided to switch to block chords for the actual melody improvisation…read more
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Le grand conundrum. How do you simultaneously improv a melody in your right hand while trying to teach your left hand a new harmonic pattern that it doth not know? I look at people like Gabriela Montero and wonder how on earth did they ever get…read more
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At 180bpm, it's definitely way faster than I generally write. We'll call it "tempo creep". It started out at 140bpm, and got increased automatically to 160bpm when I imported some drums. I didn't notice it until later, and then found that 140bpm…read more
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This song is what happens when you decide to bandage together multiple takes that were done without a click track. To explain the following, first I should explain this. I see the piece as being 3 different parts: the intro that hints at the…read more
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