Hello, everybody! This week’s video is a performance of the piano solo version of the Main Theme from the film Memento Mori. Memento Mori is one of my favourite films – while it’s classified as horror, it’s more of a ghost story. It’s part of the Whispering Corridors series – the films are only loosely connected, but each one deals with the issues that were taking place in the South Korean education system at the time.
The Main Theme is a beautiful piece of music, and I plan on making a piano arrangement of the orchestral version at a later point (including the orchestral parts on piano alongside the piano parts).
Hi, everybody! Today I’d like to announce the release of a new video – the first performance video I’ve made since returning to England from Ukraine. This is a cover of the main theme of the survival horror game Tormented Souls. This game became one of my favourites in the last year as it engaged me more deeply than most others have recently. One reason for this is the fantastic music.
I’d already covered another piece from the same game, Anna’s Theme, and actually had requests in the comments to play this one as well. I’d actually already considered learning it as it has a really nice atmosphere.
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Hello, everybody! I have a new video this week – a cover of one of my favourite piano pieces – To Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X. If you know any fans of the game, please share this with them. There’s a brief harmonic analysis in the video description, if anyone’s interested – I might do a video explaining it in more detail in the future.
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This week I have a performance of my latest composition, titled “A Moment of Safety”. It’s inspired by the safe room themes of the Resident Evil games, which provide a few safe areas in the games. The music reflects this but simultaneously creates a sense of tension, a small dread that you’ll have to go back out into the danger eventually. That’s what I’ve tried to capture with this composition.
The chords used are Am11 and Gm11 – they don’t relate to each other, but being so extended softens the contrast between them as they actually share a lot of notes. I chose them for this reason, as together they sound pretty relaxed.
The sense of unease comes from the rhythm between the hands – only occasionally do they sync up. While they aren’t actually playing in different time signatures (although the left hand sounds like it moves between 6/8 and 3/4), there are enough stressed notes falling apart from each other that some rhythmic dissonance is created, in my opinion. Let me know whether you agree or not!
It feels like I put out a lot of videos last week, though there were only three – the additional two of orchestrations were things I was too excited about to wait for the usual schedule.
This week’s video is me performing a cover of the main theme from a game called Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights. It’s a really cool, 2D Soulslike game with phenomenally good music which I think more people should hear!
This piece is also a great example of making a few variations on a theme – you get the main melody harmonised with simple chords, then an octave lower with a busier left hand. Then there’s my favourite part, which switches the left hand from 3/4 to 6/8 time and is polymetric when the right hand comes back in. Later we get a similar chord progression, but with a much heavier left left hand with a hint of Dorian mode.
Hello, everybody! This week I have a new video up on my YouTube channel – a performance of my composition, Grief. It’s a straightforward performance, perhaps with slight differences in the tempo fluctuations near the beginning compared to the studio recording. I was still getting used to the piano that I played on – the keys are much springier than I’m used to, which was great for the octaves.
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A new video is up on my YouTube channel. This week, it’s a cover of the main theme from the film Ju-on: The Grudge. It’s one of my favourite films – it manages to create a feeling of deep melancholy and inevitability, and the music and sound design play a huge part in that.
The theme is pretty simple – it’s in E minor and most of the chords are diatonic – only the third inversion Fmaj7 near the end is out of key (and only one note of it). However, melodically there’s a fair amount of chromaticism and in the original there’s a high part that is very chromatic.
At the beginning, there’s an immediate sense of sadness but as the theme progresses, I think it captures a feeling of hopelessness. The use of the tonic pedal helps create that feeling of not being able to move forwards.
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For some reason, I didn’t post last week, despite releasing a new video over on YouTube, so this week I have two videos to share!
The first is a cover of Anna’s Theme from a survival horror video game called Tormented Souls. It provides a strong contrast to a lot of the other music in game, which is designed to build tension. This piece is a piano solo and captures a combination of emptiness, longing, nostalgia and loss.
This week’s video is a performance of one of my own compositions – the one that started my journey as a composer. I actually wrote the initial draft of it back in 2013 and it’s gone through multiple revisions over the years before I settled on this one. If you’ve listened to my recent album, you’ll know it already. Despite having written it so long ago, I think that it’s still one of the strongest melodies that I’ve written.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done any kind of musical performance, as I tend to prefer the writing and recording process more than playing live. That said, I’m experimenting with what kinds of videos might be interesting for my YouTube channel, so I recorded on of the pieces from my recent album. Please check it out and let me know what you think.
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Many thanks to Iryna Zastavna for spending a lot of time figuring out the best places for the candles and how to do the lighting. She’s completely new to such things and she did a great job! The overall image quality is a bit low because the camera on my phone doesn’t deal very well with low light.