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“DEMONSTRATIONS”: 22 free songs available for 22 summer days…

In News on July 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

Available now until August 12th for free to those who wish to download the collection of music to their own music collections.

“DEMONSTRATIONS” is a collection of off-the-floor performances of unheard music. These songs by Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele have not been featured on previous solo or band releases or recent ‘The Sun Harmonic’ albums, and will likely be revealed in the fashion of augmented rock & folk records in the future.

A majority of these songs have never been heard by anyone in any venue. The songs available to you now are in their most vulnerable and natural state, being played on one instrument with a live vocal, and mixed in a single channel ‘Mono’ sound at a low Mastering volume to preserve dynamics.

Hikele communicates the music with an electric guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic guitar plugged into an amplifier, an organ and an acoustic piano, all from the comfort of Kalebs residence in Toronto, ‘The Townhouse Recording Facility & Sound Studio’. Some songs are unfinished, where you can hear the shuffling of papers, explaining, coughing and refraining verses to translate the songs as they were in May and June of the year 2011.

These rough sketches of material are presented to you for your own entertainment and are best enjoyed in the center of a Left and Right headphone in the comfort of your own home or in an outdoor environment, on a walk or in a park in the city. Thank you for listening.

You can obtain a free download here: http://kalebhikele.bandcamp.com/album/demonstrations




In News on July 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

A piano piece written by Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele, recorded on the 23rd day of June, 2011.

The inception of this piano piece began on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2009. Hikele sat down at the piano for two hours and within minutes he found himself playing the motif for the piece in C major, automatically drawn in to the romanticism of the right handed melody, sounding like a bell or a quiet alarm. He formed the two structures of the piece that day before going out to celebrate the New Year of 2010 and then continued to craft the piece and its enchanting and melancholy sound throughout the following year. Hikele arranged the minor variations in notes and melody used through the refrain of the motif, incorporating harmonic dissonance to make the chemistry of the left and right hand interesting and intriguing. He then took the piece into an uplifting key change, which reverts back to a stormy resolution in the original key. When Kaleb had experienced a death in the family in the summer of 2010, all the sudden he felt that the piece was finished in the state it was in at that time. The most important part of the performance of this song is that after the A minor sequence repeats and descends in octaves four times at the end of the piece, the finalizing C major chord is to be held as long as the piano can naturally resonate on its own wavelength with the sustain pedal suppressed. Therefore, the C Major fermata ends the piece, providing a natural decrescendo to the listener which gives them a long and settling time to think of a lost loved one, as Kaleb will always feel and think while experiencing the piece…