I have reported about Carlos Eiene and his insaneintherain Youtube music channel before (search for it). And just today I saw his latest collaboration with some friends. A cover as usual, but he’s the arranger and writes many of the parts himself. Listen to some very talented young people who obviously have fun doing what they’re doing…
Enjoyed it? Told you these guys (and girls) are good 😉 Maybe we should invite them all over to Wikiloops for some jamming on own compositions… 🙂
Wikiloops recently turned 7 years old – in fact today it’s exactly 7 years and 1 month since Richard created it (and thanks again for doing that, man!).
And to celebrate that a bit, we’ve decided to put together some band-like projects, film ourselves while playing, and to put these together to videos. And today was the premiere of the first one, the disco group / band / project.
So please meet:
Vocals: Aleonz, Indonesia
Drums: mpointon, England
Bass: Alex Sarikov, Russia
Guitar: Tofzegrit, France, and – last not least
Keys: Marceys, Netherlands
I’m happy and proud that I was also invited into one of these, so there will be more videos to follow when they are done.
Thanks for watching. And if you are a musician as well – come and join us jamming at Wikiloops!
About a year ago or so I’ve compared virtual sampled pianos myself, and I did that using a downloaded MIDI file with Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, played by someone I don’t know anymore (forgot to save that information together my my download as I’m afraid of). Anyway, for the purpose of pure sound (and effect) comparison, you can read the articles:
The first two of these links have the XLN Audio Studio Grand, which is a sampled Steinway, and in the “Trying” article I used the free “Salamander” download, which is a sampled Yamaha C5 Grand Piano.
You can also listen to these three versions here if you wish:
(XLN Audio Studio Grand, Jazzish Preset)
(XLN Audio Studio Grand, tweaked with ‘cellar reverb’ by me)
(Salamander (Yamaha C5) Grand, which comes as a free download)
I like them all, and they’re more than enough for what I could play on any of these. But they’re nothing when compared to the real thing. Here is Bill Laurance, playing a Yamaha Concert Grand in Union Chapel, together with some of the Snarky Puppy musicians, and some classical strings and a horn:
The difference between a virtual piano and a real one is not only the sound – it’s more the feel, and hard to describe, but even *I* (as a non-piano player) can feel it. To understand what this is about, watch Josh Wright who explains it far better than I could (also demonstrate):
Another set of ten useful quick tips from Warren Huart:
Of course you don’t really need all of his plugins, or his Mac and ProTools setup – Ardour and some free tools will do as nicely. Like he says, use these tools wisely and sparingly (a dB or two can make a big difference) – and create your own signature sound.
Recommended viewing for music/video and other content producers.
I have just finished reading the “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell, which I’ve got as a birthday present this year. This is David’s third book, and also the third one I’ve read – after I sawCloud Atlas the movie by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.
And tho the book and the movie tell the same story quite differently, both are really really beautiful, with the movie being a bit more difficult to understand in my opinion. Anyway, love them both. And here’s a very interesting interpretation and kind of conclusion for those who might ask what these are all about:
Yeah. Heavy on philosophy of Nietzsche et al, but the main message is simple to understand. And now I’m actually interested in a series of the Wachowskis which they did after Cloud Atlas, and which seems to have a quite similar message. That one’s called Sense8, and it belongs to Netflix (let’s see where and how I can see that one without being a subscriber to them):
The teacher who managed last Sunday’s concert at our local music school asked me about Jacob Collier, because he saw a video I posted here. And he also asked if I’m a musician since he also follows Jacob since quite some time, and this is a pretty advanced level of composing and performing.
Well – here’s another one of whom I’m glad that some day I just “discovered” her. As far as I remember I read somewhere that she’s also the youngest ever musical professor at the famous Berklee College of Music. So ladies & gentlemen, dear readers, please meet Esperanza Spalding. The video I just found today is from 2009 – still great: