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Old 01-20-2019, 11:04 PM
AHunter3 is offline
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More thoughts after more time to process...

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the sustain pedal smears everything into an amorphous blob. It's an amateur's crutch
I'm just not on the same page here. I love layering sounds within the sustained space I can create with the damper pedal. I once had a sound tech guy record me, and he stuck the microphone inside the grand. I didn't like the effect at all: it amplified the individual clangs of hammers against strings at the expense of the resonating ongoing sound texture. I know the piano is technically a percussion instrument but this made it sound like one. I don't like it.

Here I am using both the damper and the sostenuto pedal to create an intentional auditory texture. The echoes and the rate of deterioration thereof are totally part of the deliberately created effect.