Paper Songs is a series of five moments, constructed around what I call the Ghost Piano, an old Hellas piano I recorded my debut album “Ghost Piano, Part 1” on.
The slightly fragile sound of the piano meets the crackling electronics of a modular synthesizer and field recordings from the Northern Ostrobothnia region. The end result becomes the fading memory of a solitary journey I took years ago. Music to watch landscapes pass by.
This album of five songs was finished quite quickly, over the course of less than a month, which caught me by surprise.
Really love this first track! Really looking forward to the full album!
I didn’t know anything about the project when I first heard Ghost piano pt.1, but fragility definitely is a word that came to mind while listening to it. Hauning beauty is another one.
Btw. why did you choose a different title, and not Ghost Piano Part 2?
I guess with fragility, layering and simple looping melodic stuff I try to hide the fact that I can’t play the piano. Then again, that’s probably not something I need to hide. It’s just how I make music.
Funny you should ask. I’ve been pondering this naming thing all the time I’ve been involved with this new album. For me, although Paper Songs swims in the same waters as Ghost Piano, it’s perhaps some kind of spiritual successor for sure, but not a proper part 2. Ghost Piano, Part 2 is already under works and I hope I get to share it with you people in the near future. It will follow the same format as part 1, being a half-split of originals and remixes.
On this album, I use mostly Ableton’s own effects as they’re pretty great and cover so much. I’ve also used some Sinevibes stuff as well as the excellent TDR Nova and Kotelnikov (both amazing and highly recommended) in the end.
Instrument-wise it’s layers of recordings of an old Hellas piano, several modular synth segments, some Novation Peak and some field recordings, with a hefty amount of cutting and arranging in Live. I think the only plugin instruments I’ve used on this were some additive pads with Ableton’s Operator (one of my favorite sound sculpting tools) and a pad sound from Bengal by Max for Cats.
I’d love to hear some of your stuff and I’m always open to collabs!