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Matthew Ebel’s latest piano rock album pairs comedy with self-doubt, disenfranchisement with empowerment, and fear with hope.
Matthew Ebel’s latest piano rock album pairs comedy with self-doubt, disenfranchisement with empowerment, and fear with hope.
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Bonus: REAL Piano!

A day or two after drum, bass, and guitar recording at Mad Oak, Benny informed me that he found someone with a Disklavier. If you're not familiar with the Disklavier, it's a Yamaha piano that's been retro-fitted with servos and electronics so it can play back MIDI files on a real piano.

That's right, for $50 per song, I could ditch the pretty-good digital piano and embrace the completely-legit actual piano.

Since we're still $150 shy of meeting our next goal, though, how was I going to pay for it? Some of my Officers suggested a new stretch goal, or some kind of poll here on Kickstarter… but we really didn't have time. I need this album mixed, pressed, and ready to send to reviewers in May.

The solution was to make my own album art and spend THAT budget on the piano instead. After all… the sound of the album is more important than the cover, right? I couldn't just use the mockup you've seen here on Kickstarter since the vintage photo is already at full resolution (meaning it wouldn't print well at all).

But with a little work in Photoshop and Illustrator, I think I've got something I can be proud of. Also something I can scale up and put on shirts or an LP sleeve!

How Does It Sound?

Take a listen to this sample. The first half is a fake piano, the second half are actual hammers hitting actual strings. The difference is subtle, but these little details do matter. I'll be posting a much more detailed explanation at matthewebel.com soon (join the mailing list if you want that in your inbox), but for now I'll leave you with this:

The little details are what separate an adequate album from a great one. And I sure as hell don't want this one to be remembered as "adequate."

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    1. Missing avatar

      Walt Ebel on March 15

      Can't tell the difference between real and "unreal" piano.

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      Kevin McIntyre on March 15

      ok till that sample i did not understand what the big Woop was, After that sample Yeah, defently a good call.
      you could always do a stretch for artwork and replace the artwork later :)