Debussy: Ballade

Here’s a recording I’ve been preparing over the last few days. One of my favorite pieces by Debussy: his Ballade, written in 1890 at the age of 28. The perfect blend of jazziness and Frenchness.

Learning to paint

When I was a kid I loved to draw. By the time I was in my teens I had discovered music, so I mostly left my interest in the visual arts behind. Over the last few months I decided to get back into painting and teach myself how to use a digital tablet and Photoshop, as well as traditional paint and brushes. I’ve been enjoying myself immensely! Here’s a portrait of a friend I made a few days ago, based off of a picture. The picture caught my imagination because of the beautiful pose and interesting colors.

J.S. Bach: Largo from Concerto in F minor

Over the last few years I’ve been experimenting with digital musical instruments, including Pianoteq and, most recently, the Miroslav Philharmonik virtual orchestra. MIDI instruments have been around for decades, but it’s only recently that they’ve matured and gotten very, very close to sounding like the real thing. Pianoteq in particular is a stunning technological achievement.

Here’s a performance I put together of the beautiful Largo from Bach’s Concerto in F minor. I played the piano part on a keyboard using Pianoteq, then fired up Miroslav Philharmonik and went back to dub in the strings. I couldn’t be more pleased and delighted with how the finished product sounds. What a joy to be able to play a concerto in the comfort of my studio!

Welcome!

Welcome to the newest incarnation of BrianHanke.com!

I’ll be keeping this site frequently updated with all my creative projects. Readers will find:

1. Piano performance videos on YouTube and Vimeo.
2. My compositions, posted to YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.
3. Technical articles about digital music creation.
4. Interview-style videos about creativity and how to play piano.
5. Sharing the process as I learn to draw and paint.
6. Links to a variety of things I find interesting.
7. Lots more!

For the time being I’ll be posting a little bit of a backlog as I get the ball rolling. Things will get more current over the next few weeks.

At the top of every page you’ll find links to my YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and Vimeo accounts. Everything I post here will show up on Twitter and Tumblr as well, so follow me on one or both of those services to keep in the loop.

Last but not least, I’m adding a tip jar in the form of PayPal and Bitcoin donation links at the bottom of each post. If you enjoy what I do, please consider showing your support. It’s fast, easy, and appreciated!