I've been playing and improvising on the piano for most of my life and it's a language I often find more natural to speak than my native English. One of my favorite things to do is tell a story using this language. Several months ago as an experiment, I tried having viewers of my Twitch stream pick out different images from the internet. I'd then spontaneously create a piano piece for the image they had chosen.
I found this process very rewarding and those in the audience seemed to really enjoy it as well. We had such a good time whenever we'd do this that I decided I want to take this further and create a kind of musical storybook, populated by a host of colorful images conjured up on the piano.
You can send me any image you'd like along with any thoughts you have about it. It can be a story that's important to you, a dedication to somebody or something just for fun to see what I'll come up with. You can even send multiple images and I'll string them together into a musical narrative, it's all up to you. Anything you can imagine, I will make it come to life on the piano.
Each song will be recorded at John Kilgore Studios in Manhattan on their beautiful Yamaha Baby Grand Piano and recorded in High Definition. Once they have all been recorded, they will be released one at a time over a period of several months, however any backers of this project will receive an immediate digital download of the entire set in lossless and mp3 as soon as the recording process is finished.
Here is footage recorded last year at the same studio to give you a sense of what the final product will look and sound like:
As Part of the Kickstarter Make/100 initiative, it is my goal to create 100 of these songs. If we are able to make this goal of 100 songs, I can comfortably finish recording all of them by this May. I calculated this cost based on the amount of studio time I'd need per song allowing for Kickstarter fees and a reasonable buffer for extra takes and variable song length.
Risks and challenges
I have recorded many albums of live improvised piano in the past so I am quite experienced at recording in studio under these circumstances.
There is always the risk that in the moment, something doesn't come out as well as I hoped. For that reason I left enough buffer room in calculating the studio-time-per-song costs to make sure I can re-record when necessary in the event that I'm unsatisfied with a performance.
In the very unlikely event that I were to exceed the allotted budget, I would cover any excess studio time required myself. As I stated before though, given my track record and experience recording, I am very confident that I have accurately gauged the amount of recording time I'll need to complete this project and to make sure it meets my highest standard of quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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