Archive for September, 2011

Australian Piano Fair 2011 – Friday 15th July

I went to the Australian piano fair after work today after finding out that it was over 3 days including the Friday which I didn’t realize until I got to work, so not many photos for this day.

My goal is to check out all the grand pianos to figure out which one to save up for in the future.
I tried a number of grand pianos and they felt quite different from what i expected.

The first i tried was a Yamaha GB1K and it was a lot smaller than I imagined. The action was a bit more heavier than my Yamaha T121 and the sound was dull and muffled sounding. When I mentioned that to the Yamaha representative showing me the pianos, he agreed about the sound and mentioned I had good ears. He recommended me to try some of the higher end grands in the C series such as the C2, so I gave them a shot.

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Visual novel

Lately I’ve been doing a bit of composing because I’ve started a hobby project to make a simple visual novel game.

To do so, I am using the Onscripter game engine. I am drawing all the characters myself too. I have to cover all the facial expressions and poses so that I am able to express the character how I want to in any scene.

Most of my background pictures are taken from my trips to Japan with some effects applied to them.

Of course, the most important part of the visual novel apart from plot which I have yet to come up with, is the music.

To be able to set a particular mood for the scene, I need to think about composing background music that is happy, sad, scary, upbeat, suspense, exciting, amusing and so on. So far I have composed a couple of songs including one that is upbeat and a couple that is a slow pretty song that sounds good for perhaps an emotional scene.

You can find a couple of demos at:
Visual Novel Demo v1
Visual Novel Demo v2
Sample composition

Lately I’ve been trying to analyse existing music and one in particular that has caught my interest is scary music. I’ve been playing around with playing minor 2nd intervals and even figured out how to make a sound that sounds like someone screaming.

It would be amusing if someone asked you to play a song on piano and you’d play something that would leave everyone terrified. 🙂

Piano practice lately…

I’ve noticed in my piano practice journal app i use on my iPad that i have over 100 entries of things to practice. I tried to practice it all, but so far after 2 days, I still have plenty of different practice activities to go through before getting through the list sequentially. 

I’ve been concentrating on the most recent songs lately, so it’s almost been a month since i’ve played any of the others. If i don’t practice them soon, i’ll end up forgetting how to play them.  🙁

Fortunately not all of them are songs, but rather exercises or playing the same songs transposed or with different rhythms.