Topic: "Suite for Synthesizer"
I've just released a new album, the majority of which is solo piano (using a 9 foot Knabe grand from the 1890's). It also includes a Suite for Harpsichord (a beautiful American made, French-style double manual instrument), a song, but also a three movement Suite which exclusively uses Pianoteq.
I heavily modified three Pianoteq instruments and then composed this 'Suite for Synthesizer' -- one movement for each instrument. This was my first attempt at writing solo "synthesizer" music, but it certainly won't be my last. I had wanted to get into this for many years, but hadn't found any synthesizer/software that would easily give me the natural and dynamic qualities I was looking for. Pianoteq's fantastic modeling approach and flexibility fits this almost perfectly.
See what you think:
The instrument used in 'Oblivion' is the physically modeled Italian harpsichord which has been heavily altered to give it a longer sustain, a wide dynamic range (and timbral range from dark to bright), as well as other alterations to create a uniquely smooth and otherworldly tone.
'Darkness' is an unusual dance-like piece, written for the Pianet N, again, heavily altered to produce a wide dynamic and timbral range. Also, the rattle/parchment pedal, along with other alterations lend it a bizarre electric quality.
The instrument used in 'The Return' is the Blüthner piano, again heavily altered to produce a longer sustain, an organ-like quality at softer dynamics, and other adjustments giving a round and rich tone.
If you're interested in the new album, here's the link: