Piano

I’ve played the piano all my life.



Korg iPad Module

Korg Module

Korg Module

I’m testing a new sound module from Korg that includes a very nice piano sample. Here’s my first test recording.

I think it sounds very much like a real piano. Keep in mind this is all happening on an iPad.The app has a built-in recorder. It can only output as a M4a file however. I had to import the file into iTunes and convert it to MP3 to use it in this blog.

Jim

Piano Circa 1989

I discovered this clip of me playing piano at home on an old VHS tape. It was Christmas time in 1989. I used an Elgato Eye TV Hybrid USB video capture device to transfer the clip to my iMac. I then used Miro Video Converter to change the file to a mp4 file and to make an Ogg Theora version. These files were for playing in this blog post and are 352 x 264 pixels. I also made a larger version m4v file (640 x 480 pixels) which you can see here.

I play “Deep Purple, “Three To Get Ready”, “Nola”, and “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”. Duration: 13.5 minutes.

Jim

Piano Practice

This is a test recording using my new equipment setup. I’m playing a Kurzweil PC 88, audio stereo left and right out into a Blue Mikey audio connector into an iPad 3 using the MultiTrack DAW app. No FX, no post production.

I’ve been practicing the piano for about a month and a half after a 20 year hiatus. I figure it will take several more months before I’m back to where I was. I’m putting this up to document my progress. I recorded this live with no edits. So, you will hear all my fluffs. Songs include “Take Five”, “Maple Leaf Rag”, “Nola”, “Solfeggietto”, ” Rock and Roll Boogie”, and “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”.

Ragtime Piano

Length:15 minutes

Show Listing:

Song
Start
Length
Nola 0:00 4:41
Frog Legs Rag 4:42 1:03
Sweet Georgia Brown 5:45 1:31
12the Street Rag 7:16 1:24
Maple Leaf Rag 8:42 3:10
Kitten on the Keys 11:53 3:02

Description:

And now we travel back in time 40 years to hear me play some ragtime piano. I made these recordings on May 25, 1973. I was single then and for a short time I played piano in a bar in Dallas, Oregon. One day while practicing I used an audiocassette recorder so I could listen to my performance. These are unedited recordings including bad timing, wrong notes and all.


This picture of me at the piano was taken in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1969.

Equipment list:

  • Griffin iMic
  • Mac iBook using SoundEdit 16

The original recording was made on a Sony CF-400 audiocassette recorder. Each song was digitized through the iMic and saved as an AIF file at 16 bit, 44.1 kHz. I then combined all the songs into a single AIF file and used iTunes to convert the AIF file to a 64 kbps, 22kHz. MP3 file and to set the ID3 tags.