Unfortunately I don’t really have a fancy story for my piano. It’s a piano like many others out there. A fantastic refurbished Yamaha U3 my father bought about 15 years ago for me to take piano lessons. Since this is the one and only real piano I’ve ever owned, it’s indeed very special to me. The best piano I could ever hope to have. I’ll never forget the first day I played it in my garage when it was delivered. The weight of each key, the mechanical noises and that rich and full sound I could never get from my older digital piano. A weird sense of freedom came from it and for the first time, I really felt like I had access to an entire new world, new dimensions beyond the tiny room I was in, something much bigger than me.
I moved to London nearly 7 years ago and, always, the first thing I do when I go back home, as well as the last one before leaving, is to play something on my piano. I’ve always wanted to sample it and and ‘take’ it with me, when I’m away. But I never thought I’d be able to do it, I didn’t have a pair of microphones but just a single one, and it was raining outside, and Inter Milan lost another game, and excuses could go on and on…
The name I gave to my library, is indeed connected to the recent events that are affecting the whole world right now. Being in Italy when the lockdown started, after a first moment of discouragement, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a pair of stereo microphones to sample it. It’s sort of funny that it took a pandemic to make me move my ass and finally do something about this, but as an expert procrastinator, only extreme measures and pressure seem to make me function.
The idea behind this was to try and create something good out of a bad situation. This is not just a piano, but rather a little toolkit that I made from a very imperfect picture of my piano, something that still makes me feel free, even now that I haven’t been out of the house for over a month. Some of the instruments included here, like the ‘Flickering Piano’, are ideas that I hope to develop better in the future as full stand-alone libraries. I apologise for the many limits that this library has, it’s the first one I’ve ever made, so I had to learn everything from scratch. It’s finally time for me to try and give something back to an amazing community that has given me so much and from which I’ve learnt a lot and I keep learning every day.
The piano was sampled with a pair of Aston Starlights in vintage mode and a Rode NT2000. It’s plain simple, with just two dynamic layers, release triggers and no round robins. I’ll try and create a deeper sampled one soon, maybe with version two!
I hope you’ll find this library somewhat useful and maybe you’ll feel a little freedom while playing with it, like I do.
I made a terrible walkthrough of the entire library here:
And I also decided to create an EP as a demo for the library: https://soundcloud.com/marcobellonimusic/sets/stanza
Thank you very much for your time and consideration 🙂
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