Piano compositions (tracks 1-8)- composed and performed in 2004, under the guidance of Chicago recording engineer Chris Ussery. Fast foward to the present, many thanks to Brian Bridger for his expertise in mastering what was done long ago, and bringing the piano pieces to life.
Electronic compositions (tracks 9-17)- composed from 2005 to 2007, with the exception of Convolver, which was written in 2011. Many thanks to the artists and teachers who helped shape the compositions, as well as the music of friends and influences that inspired the audio. Special thanks to Chris Issacs, for additional (recent) editing, and mastering.
On this album, I tried to merge, and at the same time seperate two apposing sonic mediums... Namely the acoustic realm (piano), and the synthetic electronic realm (computer).
The first half of the album (1-8) is simple, lush, organic piano compositions that I find to come from far down inside me, and I hope you can hear it/feel it too... The first half is a series of moody and introspective piano pieces that I worked out, with style ranging from subdued plained chords to moments of chromatic frenzy.
The second half (9-17) was entirely composed at a computer, and makes use of original piano samples. Using more organic samples like the piano ones, or ambient field recordings, makes for the album to transition into the electronic realm almost seemless... For this second portion of the album I tried out composition techniques I was studying in school; namely techniques of the electro-acoustic medium such as music concrete (The Hobbyist), texture/gesture based composition (It Is, Your Absence) and also exploring more commercial styles that I was listening to like Intelligent Dance Music (think early Aphex Twin, and can be heard on Look Up) and sample-based trip hop (-war break-, like Dj Shadow). All the while using the tools (and hopefully mastering them) available to me, while trying to create a musical expression as equal to, and could match the opening half of the record.
i hope you enjoy The Hobbyist, its literally seven years in the making!