This piece for piano quintet is based on the idea of a helix. There is a steady rhythmic motif that spirals through different key signatures. The piece’s central melody circles through the instruments as it passes through different color and tonal centers.
In the video below, see how this piece evolved from a simple sketch of the motif written on my upright piano, to the final Album Master from Abbey Road. Here how this piece spirals through the different stages of composition, through concept, arrangement, notation, recording, mix, and master.
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After I had written this piece (but before I had recorded it) I was asked to do a demo for a Samsung commercial to be aired during the winter Olympics. The spot had a shared aesthetic approach with my piece Helix, and so I wrote an orchestral arrangement of the piece. I worked with them for a few days making revisions, but in the end, Samsung licensed a track from rock band, “The Killers”. In the player below, you can hear my alternate arrangement of Helix.