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I made a lamp

I made a lamp out of an empty olive oil bottle.

After removing the label and cleaning it out, I drilled a hole near the bottom using diamond drill bits and a press drill. The electric cord runs through the center of the bottle up to the opening on top.

The bottle is filled with fish tank gravel. It was very hard getting it in the bottle! I tried using a funnel but it kept getting clogged. Eventually I settled on dumping it in the mouth by hand with the bottle in a large bin to catch the many rock pieces that did not go inside. This took some time.

The mauve lamp shade is made of silk. I think it matches the gravel quite well.

I also made that coaster sitting on the nightstand. That was a long time ago though.

Ready for Visitors

After a few months of work, I now feel like this website is in good enough shape to share with other people.

I added more projects to the Projects page and wrote up descriptions for each. Ongoing projects will be written up in this blog, but complete or elaborate projects will get their own project page.

My priority right now is to improve the youtube videos. I bought a better microphone and will tune my piano soon.

Soundcloud

I made audio files from the previously posted videos and uploaded everything to Soundcloud. The sound quality of these recordings aren't very good but now my parents easily listen to my play piano using their Sonos speakers.

Everything is linked together in one playlist. Soon I will replace these recordings with better ones and add new songs.

Gnossienne No 3

I finally had time to record myself playing Erik Satie's Gnossienne No. 3. There are 6 of them, but I am just going to focus on the first 3 for now.

This isn't my best rendition of this piece but it will do. I need to record myself more often so I get more comfortable with it. I should also re-record the pieces in my previous posts because I can play those much better now.

Currently I am working on Satie's Nocturnes No. 1 and Robert Shumann's Träumerei.

More Gnossiennes

I play my favorite song Gnossienne #1 so often that I can play it from memory. I've been able to play it from memory for a few months now, but I didn't attempt to make a video of myself without sheet music until today.

I think I play it much better here. I am more gentle with the chords, which is important for Satie's work.

And I can now play Gnossienne #2 reasonably well. This still a work in progress.

I have started on #3, and can play the first third of the piece.

More Gymnopedies

I've been putting a lot of effort into learning the first three of Satie's Gymnopedies. Here's me playing the second one:

I also tried playing all three in a row. I noticeably messed up the chords in a few places but I'm posting it anyway.

When I listen to the professionals play Satie's songs the chords are played softer than the way I hit them. I tried to imitate them here, but made more mistakes as a result.

Gnossienne #1

Erik Satie's Gnossienne #1. This is one of my favorite piano pieces to listen to. Before I owned a piano dreamed of playing this song one day. It means a lot to me that I can play it now.

Piano Music for Springtime

I made some videos of myself playing piano.

The first is Erik Satie's Gymnopedie #1. The perfect song for springtime. I think I play well here but I hesitate in a couple of places. Still trying to learn all the chords.

Next is Frederic Chopin's Prelude in C Minor #20. This is often called the "Funeral March." Not for Springtime, but a beautiful piece nevertheless.