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    Update: April 13, 2008

    Hi All,

    This started out with just a few little preludes to
    provide a small taste of Gary's wonderful new Authorized
    Steinway. But then, well, you know what happens.
    I got to fiddling around, and came up with this (below);
    a little experiment of mine... lol. Rather than start a
    new post, I thought I'd just present it here:

    Three Gaseous Preludes
    David J. Sosnowski
    Garritan Authorized Steinway Model D
    Flash Player Presentation




    Click the > arrow on the left of the player to start
    the playback.

    Let me know if it works for all of you. It's tricky to
    do and time-consuming -- but I'm tinkering with a way
    to make it easier, so perhaps we can do more.

    And now, back to the original post...

    Four Preludes
    David J. Sosnowski
    Garritan Authorized Steinway Model D


    These are a few miscellaneous preludes, little pieces
    I do really just for fun. I've rendered them on Gary's
    new Steinway.

    As all of you know, I'm sure, as the Official Garritan
    Village Technical Idiot, rendering is definitely not
    my strong suit -- but even in my fumbling hands, by
    gosh, what a beautiful instrument!


    Prelude #17
    http://www.davidsosnowski.com/cgi-bi...lude_No_17.mp3


    Prelude #21
    http://www.davidsosnowski.com/cgi-bi...lude_No_21.mp3


    Prelude #27
    http://www.davidsosnowski.com/cgi-bi...lude_No_27.mp3


    Prelude #5
    http://www.davidsosnowski.com/cgi-bi...elude_No_5.mp3


    (If anyone has any trouble with the links, you can
    also find these on the www.DavidSosnowski.com site,
    down the bottom of the page.)


    Update:

    It occurred to me there haven't been any demos yet
    with the soft pedal. This is #5 (transposed up a third)
    done with Under Lid perspective and soft pedal...


    Prelude #5 Under Lid with Soft Pedal
    http://www.davidsosnowski.com/cgi-bi...lude_No_5s.mp3


    While many piano samples simply mute or filter for the
    soft pedal sound, the G.Steinway uses additional
    samples of the real soft pedal sound.

    All my best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    David

    I came downstairs and figured I would record a few minutes of myself on the Piano. I get ideas and I need as much practice as I can get. I was listening to the replay when I decided to take a look here and what do I see? So I cut off my replay and take a listen.

    Well, now I figure you owe me for a new keyboard and a new window, because I threw mine out the window.

    I listened to them all, but have been letting # 17 run for a while now. I love it.

    It is very cinematic in nature, which was probably not your intent, but it has a great feel to it and would work perfectly in a slow chase scene.

    What got me was that you composed the feeling that I was trying to capture in my 4 minute piece and you did it in less than a minute.

    The Steinway sounds Grand and I am still listening to 17 after 10 minutes.


    Well done!!!

    Ron

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    etLux - Very nice. Could you tell us what, if any, effects you used?

    Compression, reverb, etc.?

    Or is it the untouched Steinway output?

    - k
    "An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have, but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them."

    - Andy Warhol

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    Thank you for posting these David.

    You crank these things out quick, I don't know how you do it!
    Gotta love that piano
    Dan

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    Blimey, Gov'nor!

    How do you do it? How? Four pieces, all of which sound like they are being performed by a live pianist.

    I am -as always, when I hear your work, David- overwhelmed by your mastery of this style of music.

    **Gobsmacked**

    Thank you, it was a pleasure hearing these (they are on loop now!)

    Regards
    Paul
    "Life is rarely fair..." - Garlan, of Thorandall
    http://pjdeakin.blogspot.com/

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    David,

    These are lovely! At times it felt like a combination of Poulenc and Nancarrow - a bit of an odd pairing, but the complex rhythmic figures along with the at-times whimsical gesture made this come to mind. I really liked the slow one - but they all shine. And, such a wide range of figures and emotions in such a short space!

    The Steinway is very capably played in your hands, so to speak. The rendering is quite nice - the crescendi on the double trills work so well, both as a gesture, as well as the way it is executed.

    Thanks for sharing these. As always, your music is a delight.
    Ron Pearl

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    As all of you know, I'm sure, as the Official Garritan
    Village Technical Idiot
    Let's not be so hard on ourself here. I think you have mis-stated this. You are actually the Quasi- Official- self stated - Garritan, large town challenged Technical-ly mind-challenged member of this community.

    Or What ever you say you are, these pieces are beautifully done and show not only the steinways masterfulness but your compositional masterfulness as well. Nice, Nice works done on the standard of all pianos.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    Hi David,

    I thought these preludes were great and went a long way in showing off the Steinway sound. Do you have (or are planning) a set of 24 of these?

    Edit – after listening to these I went back and re-listened to a few of my preludes. Besides the fact that yours are compositionally more advanced (i.e., better) there is no comparison in sound - the Steinway just sounds so alive. I really have to save my pennies so I can get a Steinway of my very own.
    Last edited by trentpmcd; 04-04-2008 at 07:03 PM. Reason: Added new observation on sound.....
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    ROFL! Ron, you're an article!

    Send me the bill. I won't pay it, but I'd love to frame it.

    Thanks for listening, my friend.

    My best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com



    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer View Post
    David

    I came downstairs and figured I would record a few minutes of myself on the Piano. I get ideas and I need as much practice as I can get. I was listening to the replay when I decided to take a look here and what do I see? So I cut off my replay and take a listen.

    Well, now I figure you owe me for a new keyboard and a new window, because I threw mine out the window.

    I listened to them all, but have been letting # 17 run for a while now. I love it.

    It is very cinematic in nature, which was probably not your intent, but it has a great feel to it and would work perfectly in a slow chase scene.

    What got me was that you composed the feeling that I was trying to capture in my 4 minute piece and you did it in less than a minute.

    The Steinway sounds Grand and I am still listening to 17 after 10 minutes.


    Well done!!!

    Ron

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    Re: Four Preludes - Garritan Steinway (Sosnowski)

    Quote Originally Posted by klassical View Post
    etLux - Very nice. Could you tell us what, if any, effects you used?

    Compression, reverb, etc.?

    Or is it the untouched Steinway output?

    - k
    Thanks for the good word, klassical.

    Compression, no, never.

    I was tinkering with these over and over again to get the
    hang of treating sound with the G.Steinway, and I honestly
    don't remember which has exactly what on it -- but a couple
    of them are the native G.Steinway Ambience, and a couple
    are SIR.

    One thing I'm learning with the G.Steinway is to use just a
    light layer. This becomes particularly important where the
    G.Steinway's resonance is involved. If you get too heavy-
    handed with reverb, even a little, you immediately begin to
    obscure the detail inherent in the sound.

    I've also noted a considerably greater sensitivity with the
    G.Steinway when making mp3's. Pianos generally have very
    fast transients and attacks involved, and .mp3's don't shine
    at handling those to begin with. An .mp3 at 128 kbs sounds
    dreadful. Even 160 kbs is marginal -- you can hear the
    difference between the .wav I start with and the .mp3
    clearly. 192 kbs or higher seems really necessary for this...
    far more so than with the orchestral work I've done along
    the way. These four are all at 256 kbs.

    My best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

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