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Original pieces for solo piano, inspired by Bach and Jazz. Performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, the Open Goldberg Variations pianist.
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Hope, love, loneliness, and heartbreak

Those emotions are deeply woven into the music that I have written. Sharing these pieces with you is the final step in a transformation that began only 18 months ago, somewhere in the melancholy of a blues chord. 

Here's a full piece from the album, called "Water Under Our Bridge"

New Me! is 10 original pieces for solo piano

  • New Me
  • Two Hearts 
  • Woozy Heights
  • Expectation 
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Our Time is Running 
  • Blues Variations 
  • What Love Meant to You
  • Water Under Our Bridge
  • Walk of Lonely Memories 

As I played them in the Teldex Studio, they span 34 minutes. 

I wrote the notes by hand, but they are being notated using MuseScore software.

I will be supporting Libre Culture by releasing the printed music with a Creative Commons license that allows the sharing and adapting of this music. 

As a backer you have FOUR great rewards

1. For €10 - discounted price - you get to download the full album before it is released, in lossless audiophile quality, with no DRM. 

2. For €15 - Kickstarter exclusive! - you also get the MuseScore sheet music and the MuseScore files, plus you get high resolution scans of the original manuscript. Here's a low-res sample of what that looks like:

Sample of the New Me! manuscript. €15 backers get super high-resolution scans.
Sample of the New Me! manuscript. €15 backers get super high-resolution scans.

3. For €50 you get all of the above, a CD copy of the album with original artwork, plus three download codes for the digital album that you can share with friends.

4. For €1000 you get your own piece. I will talk to you about your life experiences and take inspiration from an idea or thought that you provide. When I write the piece it will be dedicated to you (or to someone you choose). I will give my heart and soul to honor your ideas and the emotions you wish to make immortal. 

At the Teldex Studio, in the booth, listening.
At the Teldex Studio, in the booth, listening.

What happened to the Open Goldberg Variations?

You may know me from the Open Goldberg Variations (Kickstarter), Open Well-Tempered Clavier (Kickstarter), and Libre Art of the Fugue (Kickstarter). Why am I not doing another Bach project this time?

In the music that I write myself I can express things that can't be said by recording another piece by Bach. For now, I'm focusing on my composition, and playing with my jazz band. 

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Here's the checklist:

1. ✓ Compose beautiful and compelling pieces
2. ✓ Go to the Teldex Studio and record those pieces
3. ⃞ Edit and master the tracks
4. ⃞ Release music

As you can see, the hardest part is done. The music has been written. I've played my heart out at the Teldex Studio. I still have to pay for the editing and mastering, and to finish things like the album cover and notes. Then I can share it with you!

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    Early access to the digital album

    You get it first, in audiophile quality. €5 discount.

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    Album + Notes + Manuscript - Exclusive!

    You get the album, the music notation, and high resolution scans of the hand-written manuscripts.

    The manuscripts are a work of art on their own, created with pure love and care. These will only be available to Kickstarter backers!

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    Pledge €50 or more About US$ 56

    A CD copy of "New Me!"

    A shiny circular disk that makes rainbow colors when it reflects light, with all 10 pieces of "New Me!" on it, plus I'll send you copies of the high-resolution scans of my manuscripts, and 3 download codes for the digital album that you can share with people as gifts. Wow!

    Includes:
    • A CD in a jacket with artwork
    • The PDF and MuseScore files for all ten pieces in "New Me!"
    • Download codes for the digital album that you can share
    • High resolution scans of my manuscripts (they're beautiful!)
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    Your own song

    Tell me your own story of hope, love, heartbreak, or loneliness, or any other powerful emotion. I'll use inspiration from you and your life experiences to compose a new piece, which will be dedicated to you or someone you love.

    Includes:
    • A CD in a jacket with artwork
    • 10× Download codes for the digital album that you can share
    • High resolution scans of my manuscripts (they're beautiful!)
    • The PDF and MuseScore files for all ten pieces in "New Me!"
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