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2016 marks my 10th year writing music, so I’m going to celebrate by releasing a compilation album this Friday, the 26th.  It’ll be available as a free download on Bandcamp and streaming from my Soundcloud and Youtube accounts.

For this album, I’ve taken two of my favourite tracks from each year and updated them; in some cases this meant a simple remaster, in others a complete rewrite from the ground up.  Most of them are things I’ve released publicly before, but there are a few that I haven’t until now.  Here’s the tracklist:

Decade (2006 – 2010)  Tracklist
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  1. Nostalgia* (2006) 02:25
  2. Sayonara* (2006) 01:11
  3. Landscape* (2007) 02:53
  4. Oriental Fantasy* (2008) 04:17
  5. Parity (2007) 02:20
  6. Cold Breath (2008) 03:06
  7. Lament (2009) 01:48
  8. DEFIANCE* (2009) 02:09
  9. Battle Blues (2010) 02:07
  10. Time Flows (2010) 02:38

Run time: 24:58

Decade (2011 – 2016)
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  1. Rule of 3 (2011) 04:56
  2. This is Just the Beginning (2012) 03:38
  3. Merry Christmas (2011) 03:09
  4. Voice of the River (2012) 05:03
  5. Autumn Breeze (2013) 02:35
  6. Warm Heart, Calm Mind (2013) 02:13
  7. Solemnity* (2014) 04:13
  8. The Storm* (2014) 02:04
  9. Fear no More (2015) 02:14
  10. Believe in Me (2015) 02:43
  11. A Moment We’ll Never Share (2015) 04:05
  12. Love’s Dream (2016) 03:30

Run time: 40:29

*Previously unreleased tracks

 

About 2015

January 7, 2016

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Hi again,

  Since 2015 has come and gone, I wanted to reflect on it as I did last year, for 2014.  2015 was, I think, my most active year for music to date.  It was also a pretty interesting year personally.

  Over the course of 2015, I released 2 EPs, 2 albums, and a mini-album.  The first of these was Music from My Notebook – a short followup to 2014’s Past, Present, an album of original classical-style piano music.  I don’t have much to say about this one other than that it was fun to dig through my pile of old rough sketches and turn it into something polished.  That came out in April.

  In June I started to upload at least 1 new track every week, in some cases these were performances or original compositions, but the bulk of them were arrangements.  I uploaded more than 30 tracks over the course of those weeks, and plan to continue doing so.

  The same month I left the family business, where I’d worked for 4 years, because it unfortunately was not doing well and I wasn’t able to get in the hours I needed.  Shortly after, I separated with my girlfriend of nearly 4 years as we had an expanding gambit of personal problems we couldn’t reconcile.  I was feeling pretty low at this point as I was both unemployed and single within the same couple weeks, but I managed to turn it into something constructive and started the most productive 6 months in my musical career.

  I from late June to mid August I worked in a bottling plant with a friend of mine.  We put water in water bottles.  I didn’t mind the work, but we had the advantage of being allowed to bring in some speakers and listen to whatever music we wanted.  Over these few months my friend and I listened to hours of new music every day, and I began writing my next album, a lot of it influenced by the music I was listening to.  Plenty of hip-hop, dnb, pop, etc.

  In August I released Love Letters, a really eclectic album of music ranging from quiet solo piano pieces (Memories Forgotten by Time, Soliloquy) to pained and demented electronic music (Anxiety, Suspicion), that was almost wholly inspired by my breakup.  Musically it was the culmination of almost every style I’d experimented with since I started writing music a decade ago, and I’m really happy with the variety I managed to squeeze into the 20 tracks on the album.

  The last quarter of the year was by far my most productive.  On Halloween I released Pianotale, a mini-album of 12 Undertale piano arrangements which I arranged and recorded in a white heat of productivity in only 3 days.   It quickly grew to become my most viewed release on all of Youtube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

  Just a month later, on December 1, I released the Katawa Shoujo Piano Collection.  While it didn’t match the viewcount of Pianotale, it more than doubled the sales figures of all my previous paid releases combined.  It was also my longest release to date, with a running time of just about 80 minutes — my longest single composition ever is also included on the album, a theme and variations on the track Friendship which ran over 18 minutes by itself.  Reception was largely positive, but there was some hesitation by old fans of KS to accept the incorporation of new material in the arrangements.

  Finally, I joined a group called cosmicarp, which is a collective of artists organized by my friend maidnaut.  It was through this platform that on Christmas day I dropped the last release of 2015, my instrumental hip-hop/trip-hop EP a feast of despair.  Where my previous releases tended to be sweeter and more romantic, this was somewhat bitter and full of longing.

  Apart from my solo work, I also continued my soundtrack work throughout much of 2015.  I completed work on Driftwood early in the year, and also wrapped up at least 2 soundtracks for Winterwolves.  In July I joined the development team for Vanity, which unfortunately is on hiatus after failing to meet their Kickstarter goal.  I did however get in 5~6 tracks for the game while we were actively working on it.  Between August and October, I wrote 5 tracks for the upcoming VN No One But You, which is set to be released on Steam later this month.  I joined, quit, and rejoined a project lead by 4ls writer Surikofor which I’ve so far written nearly 40 minutes of music.  2015 also saw the release of my first OCRemix; a piano arrangement of the track Because I Love You from Earthbound, which was featured on the site for Valentine’s Day.  In late December I finished and submitted a second remix, and I’m eagerly awaiting feedback on that.

  And now it’s 2016.

-Sebastien

  The Katawa Shoujo Piano Collection is out now, and there’s a number of options for you to hear it. You can purchase it via the Bandcamp link embedded above – which also includes the 4 bonus tracks and sheet music – or you can stream it free via the Youtube and Soundcloud embeds below.

Enjoy!
-Sebastien
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Hi all,
If you’ve been watching my Youtube or Twitter accounts you’ll know by now that I’ve been working on a Katawa Shoujo piano arrangement album. As of today I’ve finished recording and editing the sheet music, so I thought I’d share the tracklist. You’ll be able to purchase the album December 1 from my Bandcamp store.

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  1. Wiosna 03:54
  2. Jitter 01:26
  3. Concord 07:41
  4. Air 04:12
  5. L’étoile 03:09
  6. Raindrops and Puddles 06:34
  7. Sarabande from BWV 1010 02:58
  8. Red Velvet 04:50
  9. When It’s Hard to Smile 03:02
  10. Innocence 06:23
  11. Moment of Decision 08:15
  12. Friendship ~ Variations and Fugue 18:06
  13. Raindrops and Puddles (2014) 03:39
  14. Afternoon (2009) 01:54
  15. Painful History (2009) 01:34
  16. Romance in Andante (2009) 02:07

Run time: 79:51

Tracks in red are bonus tracks. They won’t be shown on the Bandcamp page for streaming but will be included in the download.

Hey guys,

Happy early Halloween! This year, I’ve made a small album of solo piano arrangements of music from the game Undertale to celebrate the occasion. If you’re not familiar with Undertale, it’s an independently developed RPG made almost entirely by a guy called Toby Fox (http://tobyfox.net). This includes the mammoth soundtrack of 101 pieces of music, which I absolutely adore. The game itself is a really fresh twist on the RPG genre, with needless grinding, backtracking, and excessive cutscene use thrown out the window. It’s also got a great sense of humour and a unique battle system. Consider grabbing the game on Steam, I think you’ll enjoy it.

My album contains arrangements of 18 pieces of music from the Undertale soundtrack, condensed into 12 tracks. It is entirely fan-made and not endorsed by Toby Fox.

The download on Bandcamp is free and also includes sheet music for every track. Here is the tracklist:

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  1. Ruins
  2. Enemy Approaching
  3. sans.
  4. Snowy ~ Dating Start!
  5. Quiet Water ~ Memory
  6. It’s Showtime! ~ Metal Crusher
  7. Spider Dance
  8. Oh! One True Love
  9. Undertale
  10. Bergentruckung ~ ASGORE
  11. Your Best Nightmare ~ Finale
  12. Bird That Carries You Over A Disproportionately Small Gap

Run time: 26:26

Enjoy!
-Sebastien


Hey everyone,

  I’ve got two updates for you today. Firstly, I want to talk a bit about Vanity. Vanity is an action RPG currently in development by 3rdwallstudios, a new independent game development company run by a couple of really talented programmers and artists. I’ll be writing music for the game, and you can check out the first track I wrote for it in the embedded video above. We’re using Kickstarter to fund the project; right now we’re a little over 50% funded and we’ve got 2 weeks to go. If you’re interested in supporting the project, please take a look at our Kickstarter page. A $50 pledge will get you the full soundtrack, along with the game itself and a handful of other goodies including exclusive art prints.

  Secondly, this week I uploaded 3 work-in-progress tracks to my soundcloud account, and earlier today I uploaded them to Youtube. These are demo tracks for my next project, an album that’s going to be a collaboration with a handful of my friends, tentatively called Til Sunrise. My old friend Phil has been writing for many years (we met back in maybe 2008 when I worked with him on a VN called Cold Breath), and we’ve been toying with the idea of a story with music for a while now. Ideas ranged from posting up videos on Youtube of scrolling text with background music, to a KiRiTe-like CD release with a printed short story book. After hearing good Kid, m.A.A.d city I was struck by the way Kendrick Lamar used answering machine messages to tell a story along with the music and decided my collaboration with Phil could follow a similar theme. We settled on using a radio broadcast as the means to tie in music and spoken word, and I hope the album will be able to give the effect of listening to a live radio show or podcast. More info on this as progress is made.

As always, thanks for your continued support and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have.

-Sebastien


Love Letters is out! You can buy it on my Bandcamp. Since I released Love Letters at a lower price point, I decided to cut the price of Past, Present to match. Music from my Notebook is now free; you can find both on my Bandcamp as well.

Enjoy!
-Sebastien


Hey guys,

  This morning I uploaded the second preview video for my upcoming album Love Letters. The second video samples 5 new tracks and 3 remade tracks, and I think is generally the darker half of the album. It’s a bit different stylistically than what I’ve written until now, but I think it best helps convey what I was feeling at the time. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  The album will be released August 10 and the price will be $5. You’ll be able to find it on my Bandcamp and this time I will also be mirroring it on my new Soundcloud. Uploads to follow on Youtube like I did last time.

  Finally, this time I also wanted to share the tracklist ahead of time:

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  1. Introduction
  2. Anxiety
  3. 2011
  4. Memories Forgotten by Time ~ Piano ver.
  5. There is Only One You
  6. Confession
  7. Love
  8. Smile Sweetly
  9. Song for You
  10. Sonatine
  11. Untouchable
  12. Meeting
  13. The Warmth We’ve Been Longing For
  14. Warm Heart, Calm Mind ~ Piano ver.
  15. Lullaby
  16. Suspicion
  17. Liar
  18. Soliloquy
  19. Canon in F, “Final Words”

Run time: 55:03

That’s it for now. Keep an eye out for the album on the 10th:)

-Sebastien

Hey guys!

  I’m happy to announce a new project today, my second full length album Love Letters. While it still features the piano extensively, it’s a departure from the solo piano music of my first album. This time the piano is set against a variety of ensembles. I always wanted to make something like Joe Hisaishi’s wonderful Piano Stories albums, and that’s sort of the direction this album is going in. Stylistically, though, Love Letters treads more modern ground than Joe Hisaishi’s mostly classical Piano Stories.

  Conceptually, Love Letters started as an LP of tracks remade from songs I’d written for my ex over the past four years. Eventually I decided I wanted to include new tracks as well, and so it became an album. I’m mixing the things I’ve learned over the years with my old compositions to create a new whole, much like with Past, Present, but I hope this time I can tell you a story.

  The video embedded above is a preview of the first eight tracks on the album, including three new tracks, two solo piano arrangements, and three remade tracks. In the next week or two I will upload the second part of the preview, along with more specific information about the album’s release.

Until next time,

-Sebastien

New Track, “Mist”

June 26, 2015

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Hi guys,

  Like I said in my last post, today’s the day I start making new content! I’m hoping to get something new out every Friday, whether it’s a new track, arrangement, or video. Whatever it is my goal for now is just to get back into making regular updates.

  To start off, I’ve got a new track for you called “Mist”. It’s a simple atmospheric track with an oriental vibe, written mainly for piano, but the full ensemble includes percussion, strings, a flute, and a cello. It’s a nice break from the classical piano solo kind of stuff I’ve been writing lately, but not drastically different.

  There are a number of ways you can get the track, but I’d like to pay special attention to the fact that it’s my first Soundcloud upload:

  You can also find the track on my Bandcamp page. It’s free to download, but you have the option of leaving a tip of you feel so inclined. Like always, you can also find the track on Youtube, and in the audio section of my site.

Enjoy!

-Sebastien

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