I realize this is a little confusing, but I have two music websites of my own in addition to several accounts on various external websites such as MySpace and CD Baby. This page is one of my music websites. On this page I discuss my music in a more casual manner but do not specifically promote it for sale. This page primarily serves as a database of my music for the purpose of listing all my compositions and describing each piece in some detail.
My other website, located at http://music.keithwiley.com is my commercial music website, where you can listen to samples of my music and purchase CDs and sheet music. If you want to purchase my music (and permit me to encourage such activity), please head to that site pronto.
|Commercial Site (CDs/sheet music for sale):||http://music.keithwiley.com|
|iTunes:||I'm on there, hard to find, there's a lot of stuff on iTunes|
I have been writing music for most of my life. My music comes in two specific flavors: electronic ambient and neoclassical-sounding solo piano. My setup is pretty basic actually, considering my general proclivity for computers. I have a lovely Korg 01/WFD synthesizer, with a typical little cheap MIDI interface for connecting to my Mac. I use Finale to score my music and use the Korg's internal sequencer to record it, although I have experimented with GarageBand some too. It's pretty simple actually.
I have discovered that I have a strong sense of musical synesthesia, in which certain pieces have a distinct color to them. Where a piece evokes such an experience I have noted in the database below. This effect is generally very weak however, and I readily admit that it is probably not true synesthesia in the clinical, neurological sense of the word.
I used to group my music into albums which I would compile after I had written and recorded about an hour's worth of music. I do less of this now that we live in the internet age when I can distribute songs on an individual basis. As you can see below, I designed my own albums covers. Obviously, they come from the era of cassettes.
Album: Solo Piano
All music in this album can be previewed and purchased on CD or as sheet music on my commercial website, located at http://music.keithwiley.com.
All piano compositions starting with those originally included on Album 3 (Total Eclipse) have been pulled aside into the distinct piano collection listed here. Piano compositions from albums 1 and 2 are still listed under those original albums. It is interesting to note that I have never had a synesthetic experience with piano music. Go figure.
|Sinusoidal||080819||5:56||It took me several years to finish this piece. I had it pretty much nailed down early on, but a variety of other priorities kept me from writing and recording it. In the end it post-dated my previous composition, Epic, but nearly four years! Sigh. It's a good piece though.|
|Epic||041023||7:10||My piano music has become increasingly complicated, if not actually any more technically complex. I would rank this as one of my preferred piano pieces.|
|Angelina||040606||3:58||Pronounce the 'g' as an 'h', basically with a Central American or Spanish accent. Written for Angie, the super swellest gal of them all.|
|Dawn Over the Ice Cathedral||031117||2:08|
|Remembrance Waiting||030115||5:48||One of my better pieces I believe.|
|Racing the Storm||000925||3:13|
|Sália||970320||5:34||Accent on the first syllable. Written for my girlfriend at the time.|
|Apology||970212||6:48||Definitely one of my favorites. I never really thought the name of this piece fit properly. It was chosen by someone else when I couldn't think of a name. In hindsight, I am unsatisfied with the result, but now I associate the name with it and it would feel odd to rename it. Ah me.|
|Following the Red Queen||960604||3:10||Originally part of the Album 4 (Mental Notes), I have since pulled it aside into the piano collection. It doesn't really fit with the electronic ambient music on Mental Notes, it was just grouped there by chronological association.|
|Train of Thought||950722||4:24||One of my favorite piano pieces, and ironically, one of my earliest. Originally part of the Album 4 (Mental Notes), I have since pulled it aside into the piano collection. It doesn't really fit with the electronic ambient music on Mental Notes, it was just grouped there by chronological association.|
|Daydreaming||940119||4:10||Originally part of the Album 3 (Total Eclipse), I have since pulled it aside into the piano collection. It doesn't really fit with the electronic ambient music on Total Eclipse, it was just grouped there by chronological association.|
Album 4: Mental Notes
Genre: Ambient Electronic
|Deep||960731||8:01||I love this piece. Pseudo humpback whale sounds set against what feels like an acoustic impressionistic representation of deep water. I don't know how else to describe it. Synesthesia: navy blue, although that may be influenced by the overt whale overtures.|
|Winter Thaw||960707||6:53||Very long introduction. Actually, most of the piece is introduction, leading up to a powerful final climax at minute 5:00. Synesthesia: a very icy white/aqua-green.|
|The Unknown Land||960619||3:53||I don't know to describe this piece. The name seems vaguely fitting however. Take it as you will.|
|Transcend the Mind||960514||6:44||This is a pretty heavy piece. It starts off slow and relaxing but about half way through transitions to a new theme that steadily grows in intensity for the remainder of the piece.|
|The Legend of One||960229||6:20||Slow, exploratory for lack of a better word.|
|(Rain)Forest Green / Machine
|9:04||Two movements grouped together to form a single coherent piece. The transition is unmistakable. One of a few pieces named for its synesthetic qualities (first movement only).|
|In the Fairy Kingdom||950425||7:16||This is a pretty good piece. While I don't generally think of it when listing my favorites, I nevertheless find myself listening to it a lot.|
Album 3: Total Eclipse
Genre: Ambient Electronic
|Metamorphosis||940601||6:05||This piece is similar to those on the Tribal Beats collection, but lacks their strong stereo effects.|
|Grendel's Domain||940502||5:45||After a hazy and mysterious introduction this pieces gets really dark and heavy. Love it or leave it.|
|Chain Reaction||940422||5:27||This piece is in a seven-beat time which sounds like it is always tripping over its own feet.|
|On Mercury's Heels||940210||4:02||Possibly my absolute favorite piece. Light-hearted, flitting, doesn't take itself too seriously. Synesthesia: sky-blue, thus the name.|
|The Quest||940404||6:04||This piece is in a five-beat time which produces a nonstop flowing or rolling sensation. This piece is very relaxing up until the powerful climax (which I suppose is less relaxing). Synesthesia: burgundy, although a much weaker effect than my other synesthetic pieces.|
|Cosmic Voyage||940325||6:54||Heavily layered, definitely one of my favorites. Synesthesia: gold yellow, although it feels flecked with black. One of the only pieces whose synesthetic effect is not a solid color.|
|Merlin's Spell||940308||4:10||I composed the introduction for this piece in an effectively random way by slowly tapping keys in an arbitrary order but with a steady trend up the keyboard. When I sped it up to full speed, many interesting patterns emerged that I had been unaware of while slowly tapping keys one at a time.|
|Luna||940224||4:25||Foreboding and intense. Go with it.|
|In Search of Questions||940411||8:01||I simply do not know how to describe this piece. It's kind of relaxing I suppose. Synesthesia: teal.|
Album: Tribal Beats
Genre: Repetitive, Rhythmic, Hypnotic, Heavy Stereo Effects
The tribal beats collection is very different from my other music. Highly repetitive themes with strong stereo effects are incrementally layered to form pieces that grow, meander, and finally fade. These pieces are best appreciated when heard with either headphones or well-positioned speakers to fully reproduce the stereo qualities they contain. To fully experience these pieces listen to them in a pitch black environment and let them fully engulf you.
I have come to realize in retrospect that the tribal beats bear a strong similarity to two other pieces, Repetition from Album 1 and Metamorphosis from Album 3. Those pieces lack strong stereo effects however.
|Frontier of Knowledge||930807||4:53|
|The Lost City||930616||7:13||One of my favorite tribal beats.|
|Glass Orchid||930523||5:52||One of my favorite tribal beats.|
I have written a fair number of pieces that don't fit into any of my other collections. They would have formed Album 5 but in the internet era I don't really organize my music into albums anymore.
|Unnamed||001015||5:08||Jazz, for lack of a more appropriate label. Although initially repetitive, give it a chance. I like the transition at about minute 3:30. It is also interesting to note the stark similarity between this piece and Remembrance Waiting, especially in their identical opening theme. This is no accident: one was born from the other (Remembrance Waiting came first I believe).|
|Direct||001007||6:51||Electronic, repetitive, vaguely technoish...very vaguely.|
|Unnamed||931205||3:32||A booty-shakin' reggae beat. Can't listen to it without moving. The primary instruments are sax and flute with strong percussion undertones. The offbeat is an electronic keyboard.|
Album 2: 110%
Genre: Ambient Electronic, Piano, Pipe Organ
|Genesis||930228||13:19||This is a very powerful and mysterious piece with several dramatic transitions. Give it chance, it's long.|
|Dreams of a Distant Land||930404||5:44||Ethereal sounding, what more can I say?|
|Amazon Sunrise||930213||5:17||This piece consists entirely of panflutes, although some reach registers and rhythms that may sound slightly unnatural.|
|Dance a Little Faster Please||930412||2:45||An upbeat, quick-paced piece with heavy use of trumpets and electronic keyboards.|
|Toccata in F# Minor||930128||5:58||Pipe organ, admittedly influenced by Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.|
|1000 Shades of Red||930116||6:52||This piece was the first to make me realize I had some degree of musical synesthesia. This piece was obviously red, as per the resulting name. In fact, it feels exactly like the name, many different values ranging from pure red to much darker reds.|
|A Little Peace of Mind||930309||3:57||Jazzy, smooth, relaxing.|
Album 1: Advice from a Caterpillar
Genre: Ambient Electronic, Piano, Pipe Organ
I never really wanted to name my pieces, and on my first album I pretty much refused to participate, so I just enumerated them as intimations in the spirit of the album's name. That is, the caterpillar's advice comes in the form of a series of hints or suggestions, each one a track on the album. For all subsequent compositions I have attempted to come up with a name, although in many cases it has been difficult and I have ended up not liking the eventual name. Oh well.
Many of the songs on this album were composed before I purchased my synthesizer and consequently were composed entirely on (and originally intended for) a piano. I merely recorded some of them with synthesized instruments because I thought they fit well once I got my synthesizer. The exceptions are the last three pieces (Intimations 8, 9, and 10), which were composed after I got my my synthesizer.
(also named Repetition)
|921120||8:21||This piece is similar to those on the Tribal Beats collection, but lacks their strong stereo effects.|
(also named Piano & Strings)
|921020||9:35||Piano and strings. Slow, moody.|
(also named Toccata)
|920912||4:45||Pipe organ, admittedly influenced by Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.|
|Intimation 6||910418||4:03||Originally composed on a piano (if I recall correctly), although recorded with synthesized instruments instead.|
|Intimation 5||911002||4:03||Originally composed on a piano (if I recall correctly), although recorded with synthesized instruments instead.|
|Intimation 4||910821||3:35||Mostly piano with some soft synths in the background.|
|Intimation 3||910529||2:57||Piano and synthesized instruments.|
(three part sonatina)
|910226||9:15||Piano, a three part sonatina.|