Extemporaneous cinematic-like studio creations for piano and virtual strings, created by STYVYN's 'improvolutional' music-of-the-moment process.
Forward to Cinemaginations by Greek opera singer, Markella Hatziano
'On the verge of pure bliss' could be one way I could describe the feeling of being present in the continuous creation of STYVYN's music. The conception of his free electronic compositions was from the beginning, an almost unexplainable process. Every single piece from Cinemaginations was inspired and created effortlessly, without inhibition, and with completely 'outside the box' compositional forms and processes. It was work that was conceived, first in the mind, with all the ingredients of spirituality and inner visualization of subjects such as empathy, strength, love, harmony, new frontiers, and with a boundless imagination of the impossible, yet possible.
I watched and listed to STYVYN hour after hour, day after day, creating sudden and spontaneous beauty out of thin air, every time bringing me to tears, awakening new emotions and opening every locked and stored memory of wanted and unwanted feelings, all brought vividly to life with the cinematic imagery evoked by his creations, taking me for an endless journey of inner discoveries. ~Markella Hatziano, January 2013
As a child, and for much of his adult life, Steve Larson's most prized possessions were a 6-inch ruler, a container of sharpened pencils, a supply of manuscript paper, and, of course, his piano. Thriving on the solitude required for a composer, he loved nothing more than spending weeks at a time immersed in a new composition, applying every note and nuance to the score by hand. Eventually, through his love of Apple Computer products, he began notating his music with Finale and a midi keyboard. However, he mostly eschewed electronic music production, and most of his music was written for acoustic instruments within classical contemporary genres, with noticeably strong diverse influences such as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philip Glass and Steve Reich.
That is, until he ordered, on a whim, the studio emulation software Reason created by Propellerhead Software in Stockholm, Sweden. After a brief learning period, he created, what he calls his 'STYVYN PAD,' a combination of virtual pianos and strings, played simultaneously through his numerous keyboards, and used primarily for composing. The music began 'flowing' so effortlessly and rapidly, that he decided to create a more sophisticated full-production creation studio, custom designed to integrate a full virtual studio with Reason and Apple's Logic Pro at its core.
A new compositional process emerged within days, a free music-of-the-moment improvisation ensuing at the outset, evolving, through non-stop playing, over the course of several hours (in some cases 10-15 minutes) into a finished creation. All of the works in the Cinemaginations albums consist of the last 'play through' of these 'improvolutional' sessions, extracted, yet mostly untouched with only minimal and minor edits.