KeyMusician Keyboard Demonstration
What does the instrument sound like, and what kind of music can you play with it?
It's hard to say, since it's so versatile. Hopefully, these demonstration audio (mp3) files will give you some idea.
You have the ability to play melody-parts, and chords – kind of like a super-versatile accordion with an 84-key melody keyboard, that has no need to sound like an accordion.
You normally play chords, along with the solo part (as in music called a “lead sheet”), which is much easier than playing multiple parts with multiple fingers on a piano keyboard. You play the solo part on the melody keyboard, and the chords on the numeric keypad.
Okay, so we have a piano with nearly a full keyboard. But it's only a typing keyboard. What does it sound like to run your fingers up and down all of the keys of the keyboard?
Can you play guitar, finger-picking melody, along with strummed-chords? Click on the link below for a simple example:
Greensleeves - Guitar Melody with Strummed-Chords
You may have noticed in the example, that you also have a working sustain-pedal (your thumb on the space-bar).
Okay, that's fine, but a sweet little Spanish guitar as more my cup-of-tea. No problem. Click the link below:
Nice, but how about some wild, improvisational flute playing?
Can do! With this, we demonstrate the feature where playing a chord injects any required flats, sharps (or naturals) into the melody portion of the keyboard. This transforms what would be fast, intricate scales with flats inserted, into simple glissandos (the finger dragged over the keyboard keys).
Give it a listen by clicking on the link below.
Okay, but maybe you'd like to play a Beethoven symphony – not just a piano arrangement of one, but the real thing. Click on the link below:
Beethoven Pastorale Symphony Excerpt
Wait a minute, you might say, enough of this symphony stuff! Give me some wailing distortion guitars, and a rock beat!
Well, I'm not a rock musician, but I'll give it my best shot. Try the link below:
Turning Toward Home, by Aere Greenway
Perhaps you already have a rock band. What can the KeyMusician Keyboard do for your band?
Check out the audio file (link) below, where Aere is improvising a string-orchestra sound with the song “Gun-Fighter”, by the band Marjum Pass (used by permission, copyright © Marjum Pass 2016).
Gun-Fighter, by the band Marjum Pass
Maybe you'd like to really express yourself – perhaps going a little 'out there', with a Cello and string-section accompaniment. Click on the following link:
Chords along with percussion? It's not a typical thing you would do with other musical instruments, but it's easy with the KeyMusician Keyboard, and why not? Check out this simple example:
Percussion With Chords
Is country-western more your 'cup-of-tea'? Check out this expressive steel-guitar playing:
Expressive Steel-Guitar Waltz
Here's a short piece I composed on the keyboard. With this piece, it's entirely played in the melody section of the keyboard, as you would do with a piano:
Glowing Memories - Aere
How about a famous piano piece by Claude Debussy, played here using the ZynAddSubFX synthesizer (available on Linux, or Windows)?
Claire De Lune
I have a composition of mine, done on a synthesizer. Try as I might, I can't do it justice on a piano. But it works fine on the KeyMusician Keyboard. Click on the link below to check it out:
On-Trail, by Aere Greenway (excerpt, with an improvised ending)
Impressed? How about a famous aria from a Puccini Opera? Click on the link below – note the 'big finish':
Nessun Dorma, from the opera Turandot
Check out my arrangement of the theme from “Pavane For A Dead Princess”, by Maurice Ravel, by clicking on the link below:
Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess
These last two pieces (and more) you get along with the software, in the KeyMusician Keyboard Songbook page. You get the sheet-music (as PDF files), a MIDI file (for learning the music using the match-the-dot method), and an audio (MP3) file of the piece, so you can hear it played.
These are easy pieces – you really can play them.
And finally, if you're still not sure, check out the demos (below). These are full-blown pieces of mine, that I perform regularly, and they illustrate how you can seamlessly change instruments in the middle of playing the piece.
Also, I use what I call 'composite voices' where the sound consists of a foreground sound (piano, for example), along with a background sound (strings, for example), played at a lower volume.
The first starts out with everything being played in the melody section of the keyboard, then switches to a combination of melody instrument and chords instrument. It uses piano, cello, oboe, flute, and french horn.
See what you think:
Improv. for March 2014, Part 1
The other demo uses steel-string guitar, a wordless choir, and finally a choir-pad sound.
Improv. for March 2014, Part 2
Finally, we have demos done on other OS's than Linux.
The first, was done on Mac OS X, using the MainStage application's “Grand Piano Pad Choir” sound. It is an improvisation:
Improv. On Mac – GrandPiano ChoirPad
The next demo is a version of my Improvisation for March 2014, part 1 (above), only here done on Windows, using Cantabile for the VST host, playing the DimensionXE sounds available on the inexpensive Sonar X2 Essentials product:
Improv. For March 2014, Part 1, on Windows, Sonar X2 Essentials
The next demo is a new piece of mine, performed on the KeyMusician Keyboard, using Ableton Live 9:
Demo Using Ableton Live 9 - Aere's Intermezzo # 5
Here are two demos done (in Windows) using the DimensionPro synthesizer, which I highly recommend. The first is with its Layered sound, called “Piano & Strings”. When using this voice with a MIDI keyboard, the sound (with the lush strings in the background) tends to get muddled because of having to use the sustain-pedal. But on the KeyMusician Keyboard, you can reach all the keys at the same time you need to leave down, and don't need to resort to using the sustain-pedal.
DimensionPro Demo – Piano & Strings
Here's a treat for heavy metal fans (if a new-age musician can really improvise a heavy-metal piece). This one is using DimensionPro's “Layered” sound, called “Metal Dream”. This voice has (available on keys that can always be reached) percussion sounds, and distortion guitar, along with manual-vibrato done with the Enter-key. I'm also using repeated F-major-7th/F, G-7th/G, and A-Minor-7th/A chords to play notes and percussion at the same time. This was all a single-take recording:
DimensionPro Demo – Metal Dream
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