Thursday, 29 June 2017

En français 3: E-puisé et é-nervé


é-puisé = avoir son puits, à savoir son énergie et resources vitales, vidées, c'est à dire tirées hors de soi.

é-nervé = s'être fait faire sortir en dehors de ses nerfs, que ce soit par provocation déliberée, inattention ou inadvertance. 

Dans les deux cas, le préfix e ou ex est latin pour 'en dehors de'.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Piano 33: The Beatles: Penny Lane | piano & voice cover




Piano and voice cover of Penny Lane by The Beatles. There are two of me singing against the piano backing to create a choral effect but they are separate vocal performances synced together, despite looking almost the same. Hope some of you enjoy this cover!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Piano 32: Melancholy Melody | original piano & voice song




The song version of my composition Melancholy Melody. The lyrics reflect a disenchantment with mainstream culture but I hope the melody makes up for their blasé nature. There are two of me singing against the piano backing to create a choral effect but they are separate vocal performances synced together, despite looking almost the same. Thanks for tuning in!

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/181759.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/melancholy-melody-original-piano-and-vocals-song

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Piano 31: Upwards & Forwards | original piano & voice song




The piano and vocals version of my composition Upwards & Forwards. The lyrics of this song were inspired by my reading about MK Ultra/Project Monarch ritualised (child) abuse. Hardly fun but I hope the song's harmonies make up for the dark subject matter. There are two of me singing against the piano backing to create a choral effect but they are separate vocal performances synced together, despite looking almost the same.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/182141.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/upwards-forwards-original-piano-vocals-song

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Piano 30: Joyful Melody | original piano composition




My 5th piano composition, and a very short one. The other side of Melancholy Melody if you will, which like its brother has no melody! Can be used as a closer or an interlude for my original piano work. Hope some of you like its uncomplicated charm.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/183563.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/joyful-melody-original-piano-composition

Friday, 23 June 2017

Piano 29: Up The Ladder | original piano composition




My 16th piano composition. Our word scale comes from the Greek for ladder and indeed this piece is nothing put a chord progression up the scale starting from g major.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/186933.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/up-the-ladder-original-piano-composition

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Piano 28: Upwards & Forwards | original piano composition




My 3rd piano composition, written in my late teens. Years later I added a melody line complete with lyrics but this is the piano solo version only. I hope some of you enjoy it!

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/182144.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/upwards-forwards-original-piano-composition-1

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Piano 26: Staccato Hypnosis | original piano composition




My 7th piano composition. This started out as an improvisation inspired by controversial German philosopher Martin Heidegger whose magnetic, structured writing style is well reflected in the piece. Not very popular among those I know, I rather like the composition's un-melodic progressions.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184659.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/staccato-hypnosis-original-piano-composition

Monday, 19 June 2017

Piano 25: Wednesday Hope | original piano composition




My 13th piano composition, written on a Wednesday, appropriately enough. This one has garnered a measure of popularity in the past. I hope some of you will like it.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/186394.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/wednesday-hope-original-piano-composition

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Piano 24: Uninspired | original piano composition




My 27th piano composition. It's called 'Uninspired' because I felt no 'ahah' moment when writing it and found myself repeating old compositional ideas. Despite that the piece grew into one of my favourite of mine.

Addendum - Today (27 November 2017) I noticed an incongruity between the sheet music and this recording. The bass clef note at the seventh measure should be a B flat, as stated in the sheet music, as opposed to an F, as performed in this video, which unconscious change significantly alters the tone of the opening moments, but at least has the merit of leading the way into the descending motion towards the E, then the D, then the C and so on. Both the F and the B flat are harmonious but the B flat offers a more interesting flavour in my opinion and a nice, symmetrical contrast to the B natural four measures earlier (still in the bass clef). It is not possible at this late stage to change this recording but let it be noted that I would if I could.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/189365.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/uninspired-original-piano-composition

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Piano 21: Ode To Horace | original piano composition




My 20th piano composition. Written after reading The Odes by Roman poet Horace, I was seeking to emulate Mozart's easy and cheerful clarity, but of course with much less competence and virtuosity. I hope some of you will appreciate this piece's light-hearted intent.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/187365.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/ode-to-horace-original-piano-composition

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Piano 20: Prelude Mania | original piano composition




My 21st piano composition. A prelude in C major. Despite the title 'Prelude Mania', the performance here is rather understated and quiet. I hope some of you will enjoy this piece's uncomplicated harmonies.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/187366.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/prelude-mania-original-piano-composition

Monday, 12 June 2017

Piano 18: February Cold | original piano composition




My 24th piano composition. Written on a cold February day, this is reflected I hope in the cold feel of the piece. I hope some of you will enjoy its icy atmosphere.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/187451.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/february-cold-original-piano-composition

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Piano 17: Craving | original piano composition




My 10th piano composition, written, appropriately enough, when experiencing cigarette cravings during a quitting smoking attempt. I did not succeed in quitting but at least I got a tune out of trying.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/185566.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/craving-original-piano-composition

Friday, 9 June 2017

Piano 16: Rising | original piano composition




My 14th piano composition. This one was directly inspired by a chord improvisation tutorial on YouTube. Initially called 'Victim' due to watching that film with Dirk Bogarde at the time of writing, the piece was renamed 'Rising' since more in tune with the mood of the piece. I hope some of you enjoy it.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/186534.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/rising-original-piano-composition

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Piano 15: Rapid Fire | original piano composition




My 1st piano composition and a personal favourite of mine. Composed in my late teens this one has slight techno feel to it. Hope some of you enjoy it!

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/181758.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/rapid-fire-original-piano-composition

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Piano 14: Evening Variation | original piano composition




My 11th piano composition, written one evening. Like Afternoon Variation, this piece follows the same chord structure throughout its duration at the risk of sounding repetitive. Despite that I hope some of you will like it.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/185667.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/evening-variation-original-piano-composition

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Piano 13: Underworld | original piano composition




My 15th piano composition. This was one that coincided with a course I was doing on the Greek underworld. Each section/development of the piece can be seen as a stage on the journey to Hades or as a circle of Hell and the piece uses ring composition, i.e. the ending harks back to the beginning. Enjoy!

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/186891.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/underworld-original-piano-composition

Monday, 5 June 2017

Piano 12: 2 in 1 | original piano composition




My 12th piano composition. Composed in France at my father's, this one was in fact a melding of two distinct musical ideas into one, whence the title.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/185811.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/2-in-1-original-piano-composition

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Piano 11: Afternoon Variation | original piano composition




My 8th piano composition. I wrote it on a listless afternoon and it is a variation in the sense that it is the same chord progression throughout the piece but in different incarnations. I hated it initially but some family members have expressed their like for this piece. I hope some of you will like it too.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184663.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/afternoon-variation-original-piano-composition

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Piano 10: Bondesque Mania | original piano composition




My 6th piano composition. I came up with this tune whilst improvising on an old piano in Normandy, France, round some English friends' summer house. It has a slight James Bond feel to it whence the title, although here it is played in a less manic way than was customary for me in the past. I hope some of you will enjoy it.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/183772.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/bondesque-mania-original-piano-composition

Friday, 2 June 2017

Piano 9: Melancholy Melody | original piano composition




My 2nd piano composition. This was first written in my late teens. Many years later I added a melody line together with lyrics but the presentation here only includes the piano solo part. Thus, despite its title, there is no real melodic theme in this version although a very distinctive chord progression. I hope some of you like it.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/181760.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/melancholy-melody-original-piano-composition-1

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Piano 8: Splendour | original piano composition




My 26th piano composition. This is the most fluid of all my compositions and has garnered some popularity among friends and family. The title 'Splendour' was inspired by my reading a novel by French author Honoré de Balzac Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes. I hope some of you like it.

Sheets here: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/187463.html

Audio here: https://soundcloud.com/scruffyowlet/splendour-original-piano-composition