Posts Tagged ‘violin’


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Imagine that it 5am and you’re in a bed somewhere thousands of miles away, wide awake in a pitch black room. Or, don’t imagine that. But at least take these 10 minutes to do nothing but listen.

I hadn’t made an electronic piece (or any music, for that matter) in a while. This one is a little softer, a little more delicate than the others. Headphones recommended.

Violin Upgrade

Monday, June 6th, 2011

I ordered a new violin back in March, because the time had come to upgrade from the annoying-sounding beginner violin I started on three years ago. Lucky me, work became insanely busy right around that time, so I’ve only had a chance to play it a few times so far.

Its sound, like its color, is warmer and more beautiful than the old one’s. Now I have to practice more to live up to its beauty.


Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Behold my newest composition! It’s a short piece for two violins and piano, called Boşluk (pronounced bosh-look). I’m so grateful for Justin for gathering his medical school musician friends to record this for me.

Andrew Noll, Piano (2nd year HMS)
Justin Lo, Violin I (1st year HST)
Jennifer Hsiao, Violin II (1st year Harvard BBS)

I took on the challenge of writing in Locrian mode, which is the most unstable of the modes; indeed, the piece never wanted to stay in one key but was constantly shifting around. This was good, actually, because I tend to get stuck in one key for the entirety of a piece. I’m pretty pleased with the recording, too. It came out just how I envisioned it!

Originally, this was meant to be a short and simple piece that was supposed to take me only a few days to write and enable me to get back into the music-writing groove again. It turned out to be another one of my pieces that I wrote on and off over two years, because I would take months-long breaks from it whenever I hit a writer’s block. I’ve got to stop doing that! It feels so good to bring projects to completion, especially something as simple as this.

See: a new piece

Monday, April 26th, 2010

This weekend I made an electronic piece that had been in my mind for at least two years. It is a simple enough concept, but I had never set aside the time to do it. I used sounds of recorder, violin, voice, piano, and various other sounds to create it.

Listen to See (duration: 3 minutes)

Here is a screenshot of the final product:

I’ve been in an inspired mood lately, and when Ryoji Ikeda popped up on my Pandora radio station on my drive home from work on Wednesday, I knew it was time. The other inspiration for this piece was Tenacious D’s One Note Song.