Posts Tagged ‘piano’

solo piano 7 cover art

I just wanted to post this here, in case if some of you missed the link that was posted by Torley on the comments section couple posts below.

And also I think this artwork itself deserves a post of it’s own! 🙂 … both the record cover art, and the music of course. The cover art painting is created by Wynter Bracken, and it cetainly is most amazing rendition of a SL scene. And then there is of course the contents of the record – the beautiful music by Torley. You can visit the links below to learn more about both, and also listen to the music! 🙂

Flickr link to Torley solo piano 7 cover art.

Link to Torley solo piano 7 – 176 *LOVELY* solo piano music pieces for your enjoyment!


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Starting now in May, here is a new series introducing the SZ Pianofabrik endorsed artists, in form of little interviews, hopefully giving some insight how is it to be a performing artist in Second Life. And also give little information about their musical interests and passions, and hopefully provide an interesting reading for all of you who love piano music, and to go enjoy the live piano performances in SL! 🙂

The first featured Artist of the Month, for May 2008, is Clarissima Schumann, a multitalented musician – with a long list of performances from all over the world and now in SL too. She forms a duo with her RL husband, and they perform together in Second Life too, as the Schumann Duo. I would like to encourage anyone who loves classical music to attend one of their performances and enjoy the music yourself.

I did interview Clarissima about her journey in Second Life so far, about her musical interests, and about how it is to be a performing musician in SL – so I will let her tell in her own words about these things and more!

How did you find out about Second Life, and how and when did you start in SL?

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I was posted a link today to one of the official tutorial videos from the SL Blog, that are done by Torley Linden. This one is from last november, and I missed it at the time when it was first released, but was kind of fun to see it now. 🙂 … You can see lots of footage of the custom watermelon color SZ Pianofabrik piano on the video there. And also easy-to-understand tips to improve your SL performance, and footage from Windlight which was somewhat new back then! 🙂

See it yourself below!

Click here to view the original Tip of the Week post.

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I am proud to announce that SZ Pianofabrik is sponsoring the Music Academy Online weekly SLCN.TV show. They are featuring some of the most talented musicians, who perform in SL too, every week – and not only in form of concert or live performance, but also with most interesting interviews about the artists, their backgrounds and the music they perform. This gives the audience an unique insight into many aspects what makes the music of a particular artist and performer live and breathe. Both the interviews and of course the performances themselves show a dedication and love for music, and I can heartily recommend attending the shows at the Music Academy Online sim in SL.

Besides their presence in SL, the Music Academy Online also have a very comprehensive website – and you can also find their Second Life events calendar there. Besides the weekly live broadcast SLCN.TV show, they have lots of music related events going on each week, so be sure to check on their website what is happening. The sim also functions as an exhibition of past and contemporary music styles and eras, with lots of information on each.

I am recommending to go browse the archive of the SLCN.TV shows, you can find all the broadcast shows there at one place – and then of course visit the Music Academy Online venue in SL to see the next show yourself! 🙂

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SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Piano Model D in a Gift Box

All SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Pianos are now easily purchased as gifts. I have changed the vendors in the shops in Caddo, so that anyone can now buy the piano as a gift to another person, even though the piano is no-transfer. The vendors have “Buy as a Gift” button on the bottom edge that can be used for this.

With the change of vendors, I have also introduced beautiful gift packages for all the SZ Pianofabrik pianos. You can now buy the piano in either a black box with gold ribbons, or pink box with magenta ribbons. The pianos in gift boxes will make perfect presents for many occasions like weddings or birthdays, or just wanting to give something nice for your loved one. The perfect companion to the piano in gift box is of course the “Romantic Piano Series” playable sheet music, which is also available in matching gift box. 🙂

The new vendors and pianos in gift boxes are available at SZ Pianofabrik, Caddo.

SZ Pianofabrik Concert Grand Piano Model D in a Gift Box SZ Pianofabrik Gift boxes

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SZ Pianofabrik Playable Sheet Music

I have introduced a selection of new piano sheet music from SZ Pianofabrik endorsed artists. The selection includes 10 original compositions from ElectrAcoustic Fusion artist Heath Vercher featuring contemporary new age piano, and five J. S. Bach pieces performed by Gideon Kappler including the famous C major Prelude from Well-Tempered Klavier and four Allemande’s from various books.

Also don’t forget to check out the old sheet music selection with compositions from very talented pianists Kori Carothers, Kurt Bestor and Louis Landon, and several classical piano pieces from various composers.

As usual these sheet music work with any pianos in Second Life and they are very easy to use – only need to rez and click to play. And I have tried to focus on as lag-free playback as possible in SL these days when population at times can be very high and stress the sims … but the music preload feature in the sheet music should help with that. The notecard that comes with the sheet music also gives tips to help overcome the SL lag. 🙂

Stop by at SZ Pianofabrik, Caddo, and see the new sheet music selection there!

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I thought to bring up some interesting things and moments from the past here, and will be introducing them (hopefully) in a series of posts starting now with “From the archives, part 1”.

Torley Solo Piano 2 cover art

Earlier this year I was approached by Torley Linden regarding SZ Pianofabrik concert grand pianos. After a brief conversation I agreed to create a custom piano in Torley’s trademark watermelon colors, but meanwhile he bought a copy of the white piano, which appears also on the cover art on “Torley Solo Piano 2” as displayed above.

So I started then the project to create this watermelon piano. I chose dark green tinted wood for the outside, resembling the textured outer surface of a watermelon. And then when you open the piano lid, you can see the inside finished with pink lacquer. Several parts were custom fitted with these new colors and textures in photoshop, and it took a while to apply these on all of the separate pieces on the Model D grand piano, and make sure that every piece is correctly textured too.

In the end it was nice to see this very avantgarde piano come together, and I would recommend you to visit Torley’s blog, and read his impressions about the white SZ Pianofabrik piano as well as the watermelon piano in two very nice articles “torley – solo piano 2” and “If music be the food of Second Life…“.

This was certainly an interesting and fun project to do, and as always like doing custom sails too, it is very nice to create something personal for someone, and see how such an unique custom item in SL can make this person happy too.

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