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Asterisk Piano Podcast (PJ Cornell)

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Asterisk Piano Podcast (PJ Cornell)

PJ Cornell

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I am an improvisatory pianist. My music is pensive, and is great to listen to while you're reading, driving, meditating, enjoying dinner, or just relaxing. Because I am an improviser, every podcast is entirely on the spot and is completely original. I post a new episode once or twice a week; or whenever I feel like it.

Latest Episodes

Friday Music at Five Episode #2: HORUS (SONATA FOR KEYBOARD) - in g# minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Horus (Sonata for Keyboard) - in g# minorThis episode of Friday Music at Five features "The Proud Bird," by Romansk V.This is a depiction of the ancient Egyptian god of Horus. What grabbed myattention in this piece is the artist's choice to reimagine the ancient two-dimensional Egyptian images and render it in three dimensions with very interesting color choices for the shading. I also like the extreme colorfulness of the god and the proud, confident, intelligent expression on its face. The background is vague and dark, while the bird is colorful and highly distinct. The curve and sharpness of the beak, the haughty look in the bird's eye, the musculature of the face; all of these things suggest a masculine vitality, power, and fearlessness.The Egyptian RenassainceIt has occurredto me that we may be on the verge of a renaissance of rediscovering the deep roots of the Abrahamic religions, which really do go back as far as Egypt; and even further, into the days of Hammurabi and Sumer. ...

23 MIN2018 NOV 10
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Friday Music at Five Episode #2: HORUS (SONATA FOR KEYBOARD) - in g# minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Friday Music at Five Episode #1: ATTENTION (PRELUDE AND FUGUE) - in F# | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Time to kick off your weekend with some new music! Welcome to Friday Music at Five, Episode #1.Attention (Prelude and Fugue in F#)I have decided to name this Prelude and Fugue "Attention," because it was inspired by the pen illustration featured in this post ("The Boy and the Cat," by Betzael Corvo). What strikes me about this work of art is looks on the faces of the cat and the boy. They seem to be staring raptly at some object in the distance, engaging their full attention to it.Attention is an interesting thing from a phenomenological point of view. Heidegger describes objects of being as emerging through our participation in reality. Objects emerge from the void as a consequence of us negating all that is not radically other. Objects actually emerge as a result of us paying attention to them. Until we do, they are simply part of the undifferentiated manifold of experience.Objects of AttentionIn a very real sense, things, as such, do not really exist until they are formed by us p...

8 MIN2018 NOV 3
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Friday Music at Five Episode #1: ATTENTION (PRELUDE AND FUGUE) - in F# | AsteriskedMusic.Com

COGITO - Bass and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Time to kick off your weekend with Friday music at Five!CogitoCogito is an improvisation for bass and keyboard. It was inspired by the Meditations on First Philosophyby Rene Descartes. This work, for all intents and purposes, represents the very birth of the modern mind. What Descartes actually went through in order to produce this work was really a rebirth of the mind. In the book, he describes a deeply spiritual personal struggle to really come to grips with what he actually knows, separating genuine knowledge from mere belief.All sorts of really deep things are explored in this work. Among the things he struggles with are the nature of God, the nature of being, the nature of the human soul and body, and many others. What he finally arrives at is the idea that the only two things that can be known independently are that God exists, and that He is truthful, and that he himself must exist, because that must be the case in order for him toeven ponder the question. From this point, he...

12 MIN2018 OCT 27
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COGITO - Bass and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

AGAVE - Guitar and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

AgaveThe agaveis a desert cactus. It spreads out almost like a flower; but unlike a flower, it survives year in and year out in the inhospitable desert. It is so sweet that its flesh is processed and used as an alternative to sugar. Its glory is its steadfastness, longevity, and sweetness. Prickly and yet beautiful on the outside. Alive and sustaining of life on the inside. It is patient.Some Notes onAgaveThis piece is largely tonal. It is in F Sharp Major. It is for keyboard and guitar. Although it is tonal, it uses a lot of quartal harmonies, polytonality, and some dissonance. The piece is anarrative in terms of formal structure; it expresses a motif, and then the rest of the piece is one long development section.The piece starts with a solo piano. It begins with an unassuming moderato. The motif is almost an ostinato, but it moves just enough to suggest a simple melody. The guitar enters intermittently with a more melodic countermelody,lending it a simple polyphonic texture.After...

7 MIN2018 OCT 20
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AGAVE - Guitar and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

DRIFTING - Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

DriftingThis short keyboard improvisation depicts a feeling of drifting;letting go, and just letting the currents that are present in your life just sweep you along where they will. The title describes the experience I'm trying to communicate by the piece. It's a feeling of drifting down a river, not knowing, or even much caring where you end up. Every now and then, you have to take a break from constant goal-oriented activity and just drift. When you drift and turn off your consciousness momentarily, you are able to get out of your perspective for a while. This is an important practice. You can get so wrapped up in what you think is important. If you're not careful, you can end up never stopping to reevaluate your direction. You can only really do that if you just let go and drift every now and then.The Jewish people believe in practicing the Sabbath. I submit that that practice is a form of spiritual drifting. We should all have a Sabbath day to let go for just a little while and ...

4 MIN2018 OCT 13
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DRIFTING - Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

THROUGH THE NIGHT - Improvisation for Keyboard | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Through the NightThrough the night is a keyboard improvisation. I am completely self-employed, but I engage in multiple forms of work. Currently, I derive income from creating online content (like the content you're reading now), selling insurance,and doing rideshare (Uber and Lyft). I do insurance and web content during the daywhen other people are up; and then I drive at night, when most people are asleep. I find that I enjoy driving at night. It's all about the long dark drives punctuated with interactions with every imaginable type of person. This piece is about the zen of driving all night on dark, empty roads.Some Notes on Through the NightThis piece is, generally, in e flat minor; but there's quite a bit of polytonality going on with the E Mixolydian Modality and F SharpMajor. You tend not to notice that kind of polytonality so much because the two modes share all the same notes except for the third scale degree, and e flat minor and F Sharp Major are relative respective mino...

6 MIN2018 OCT 6
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THROUGH THE NIGHT - Improvisation for Keyboard | AsteriskedMusic.Com

PATIENCE - Solo Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

PatiencePatience is a virtue that is related to endurance. You don't have to have it when things are as you would like them to be. You need patience when,from a certain perspective, your situation is not tenable long-term. I say "from a certain perspective," because what it is really about is focus. If you focus on that which has not arrived yet, the pain of lack can be a source of unbearable suffering. You must intentionally focus on other things. Know that things will be alright again. Then you will exercise patience, and it will be less of a burden to you. Enduring lack is a matter of directing your attention to areas relatively untouched by the lack. There is a certain kind of discipline in this. Therefore, patience is a discipline.Some Notes on PatienceThis piece is agonizingly slow and constricted. I achieve this effect in a few different ways. Firstly, the piece, overall, and especially at the beginning is at a very slow tempo and contains chords that are very compressed, in ...

5 MIN2018 SEP 29
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PATIENCE - Solo Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

SUITE FOR KEYBOARD - in A | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Keyboard Suite in AThis is a keyboard suite in A; that is, it has a tonal center of A, but the piece isn't completely tonal. This piece is mostly tonal, but it does explore other modalities, as well. A suite is a cycle of pieces in dance form. This suite is in four parts.ArabesqueThe first dance in this keyboard suite is an arabesque. It is a lively, narrative style piece that incorporates some middle eastern modalities. It also serves as anintroductory piece. Although it does explore Arab modalities, it is largely in A Major.MinuetThe second dance in the keyboard suite is a minuet. It is in A Major, although it does undergo a development section, and is dissonant in places. It is slow, stately, and simple.PassacagliaThe third piece is a passacaglia. It is slow and dark. It has an a minor feel, although it is actually modal with some similarities to a minor.RigaudonThe capstone of the suite is its final movement, which is a rigaudon. It is fast, loud, and angular. It has a strong Am...

16 MIN2018 SEP 23
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SUITE FOR KEYBOARD - in A | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Dreamstate Binaural

15 MIN2018 SEP 15
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Dreamstate Binaural

SONATA FOR KEYBOARD – in g minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Keyboard Sonata in g minorThis is a keyboard sonata in g minor. It follows the classical sonata form. Stylistically, it is a blend of pop, neo-romanticism, minimalism, and modernism. It tends to be a bit on the dark side, although there are plenty of spots where the light shines in.I've always greatly appreciated the keyboard sonata as a form. Growing up, I particularly enjoyed the Beethoven piano sonatas. The Eighth Piano Sonata (Opus 13) was a particular favorite of mine. This particular sonata in no way attempts to mirror that one, or even Beethoven generally. If anything, it sounds a bit like Chopin in some places, and perhaps like Rachmaninov in others. Nevertheless, my affinity for the keyboard sonata is directly attributable to the Pathetique.Some Notes onSonata for Keyboard in g minorThis keyboard sonata is a three-movementsonata that mostly follows the classical standard sonata format. Stylistically, I would describe it as neo-romantic. It has some dissonance, some quartals...

27 MIN2018 SEP 7
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SONATA FOR KEYBOARD – in g minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Latest Episodes

Friday Music at Five Episode #2: HORUS (SONATA FOR KEYBOARD) - in g# minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Horus (Sonata for Keyboard) - in g# minorThis episode of Friday Music at Five features "The Proud Bird," by Romansk V.This is a depiction of the ancient Egyptian god of Horus. What grabbed myattention in this piece is the artist's choice to reimagine the ancient two-dimensional Egyptian images and render it in three dimensions with very interesting color choices for the shading. I also like the extreme colorfulness of the god and the proud, confident, intelligent expression on its face. The background is vague and dark, while the bird is colorful and highly distinct. The curve and sharpness of the beak, the haughty look in the bird's eye, the musculature of the face; all of these things suggest a masculine vitality, power, and fearlessness.The Egyptian RenassainceIt has occurredto me that we may be on the verge of a renaissance of rediscovering the deep roots of the Abrahamic religions, which really do go back as far as Egypt; and even further, into the days of Hammurabi and Sumer. ...

23 MIN2018 NOV 10
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Friday Music at Five Episode #2: HORUS (SONATA FOR KEYBOARD) - in g# minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Friday Music at Five Episode #1: ATTENTION (PRELUDE AND FUGUE) - in F# | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Time to kick off your weekend with some new music! Welcome to Friday Music at Five, Episode #1.Attention (Prelude and Fugue in F#)I have decided to name this Prelude and Fugue "Attention," because it was inspired by the pen illustration featured in this post ("The Boy and the Cat," by Betzael Corvo). What strikes me about this work of art is looks on the faces of the cat and the boy. They seem to be staring raptly at some object in the distance, engaging their full attention to it.Attention is an interesting thing from a phenomenological point of view. Heidegger describes objects of being as emerging through our participation in reality. Objects emerge from the void as a consequence of us negating all that is not radically other. Objects actually emerge as a result of us paying attention to them. Until we do, they are simply part of the undifferentiated manifold of experience.Objects of AttentionIn a very real sense, things, as such, do not really exist until they are formed by us p...

8 MIN2018 NOV 3
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Friday Music at Five Episode #1: ATTENTION (PRELUDE AND FUGUE) - in F# | AsteriskedMusic.Com

COGITO - Bass and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Time to kick off your weekend with Friday music at Five!CogitoCogito is an improvisation for bass and keyboard. It was inspired by the Meditations on First Philosophyby Rene Descartes. This work, for all intents and purposes, represents the very birth of the modern mind. What Descartes actually went through in order to produce this work was really a rebirth of the mind. In the book, he describes a deeply spiritual personal struggle to really come to grips with what he actually knows, separating genuine knowledge from mere belief.All sorts of really deep things are explored in this work. Among the things he struggles with are the nature of God, the nature of being, the nature of the human soul and body, and many others. What he finally arrives at is the idea that the only two things that can be known independently are that God exists, and that He is truthful, and that he himself must exist, because that must be the case in order for him toeven ponder the question. From this point, he...

12 MIN2018 OCT 27
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COGITO - Bass and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

AGAVE - Guitar and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

AgaveThe agaveis a desert cactus. It spreads out almost like a flower; but unlike a flower, it survives year in and year out in the inhospitable desert. It is so sweet that its flesh is processed and used as an alternative to sugar. Its glory is its steadfastness, longevity, and sweetness. Prickly and yet beautiful on the outside. Alive and sustaining of life on the inside. It is patient.Some Notes onAgaveThis piece is largely tonal. It is in F Sharp Major. It is for keyboard and guitar. Although it is tonal, it uses a lot of quartal harmonies, polytonality, and some dissonance. The piece is anarrative in terms of formal structure; it expresses a motif, and then the rest of the piece is one long development section.The piece starts with a solo piano. It begins with an unassuming moderato. The motif is almost an ostinato, but it moves just enough to suggest a simple melody. The guitar enters intermittently with a more melodic countermelody,lending it a simple polyphonic texture.After...

7 MIN2018 OCT 20
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AGAVE - Guitar and Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.Com

DRIFTING - Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

DriftingThis short keyboard improvisation depicts a feeling of drifting;letting go, and just letting the currents that are present in your life just sweep you along where they will. The title describes the experience I'm trying to communicate by the piece. It's a feeling of drifting down a river, not knowing, or even much caring where you end up. Every now and then, you have to take a break from constant goal-oriented activity and just drift. When you drift and turn off your consciousness momentarily, you are able to get out of your perspective for a while. This is an important practice. You can get so wrapped up in what you think is important. If you're not careful, you can end up never stopping to reevaluate your direction. You can only really do that if you just let go and drift every now and then.The Jewish people believe in practicing the Sabbath. I submit that that practice is a form of spiritual drifting. We should all have a Sabbath day to let go for just a little while and ...

4 MIN2018 OCT 13
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DRIFTING - Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

THROUGH THE NIGHT - Improvisation for Keyboard | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Through the NightThrough the night is a keyboard improvisation. I am completely self-employed, but I engage in multiple forms of work. Currently, I derive income from creating online content (like the content you're reading now), selling insurance,and doing rideshare (Uber and Lyft). I do insurance and web content during the daywhen other people are up; and then I drive at night, when most people are asleep. I find that I enjoy driving at night. It's all about the long dark drives punctuated with interactions with every imaginable type of person. This piece is about the zen of driving all night on dark, empty roads.Some Notes on Through the NightThis piece is, generally, in e flat minor; but there's quite a bit of polytonality going on with the E Mixolydian Modality and F SharpMajor. You tend not to notice that kind of polytonality so much because the two modes share all the same notes except for the third scale degree, and e flat minor and F Sharp Major are relative respective mino...

6 MIN2018 OCT 6
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THROUGH THE NIGHT - Improvisation for Keyboard | AsteriskedMusic.Com

PATIENCE - Solo Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

PatiencePatience is a virtue that is related to endurance. You don't have to have it when things are as you would like them to be. You need patience when,from a certain perspective, your situation is not tenable long-term. I say "from a certain perspective," because what it is really about is focus. If you focus on that which has not arrived yet, the pain of lack can be a source of unbearable suffering. You must intentionally focus on other things. Know that things will be alright again. Then you will exercise patience, and it will be less of a burden to you. Enduring lack is a matter of directing your attention to areas relatively untouched by the lack. There is a certain kind of discipline in this. Therefore, patience is a discipline.Some Notes on PatienceThis piece is agonizingly slow and constricted. I achieve this effect in a few different ways. Firstly, the piece, overall, and especially at the beginning is at a very slow tempo and contains chords that are very compressed, in ...

5 MIN2018 SEP 29
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PATIENCE - Solo Keyboard Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com

SUITE FOR KEYBOARD - in A | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Keyboard Suite in AThis is a keyboard suite in A; that is, it has a tonal center of A, but the piece isn't completely tonal. This piece is mostly tonal, but it does explore other modalities, as well. A suite is a cycle of pieces in dance form. This suite is in four parts.ArabesqueThe first dance in this keyboard suite is an arabesque. It is a lively, narrative style piece that incorporates some middle eastern modalities. It also serves as anintroductory piece. Although it does explore Arab modalities, it is largely in A Major.MinuetThe second dance in the keyboard suite is a minuet. It is in A Major, although it does undergo a development section, and is dissonant in places. It is slow, stately, and simple.PassacagliaThe third piece is a passacaglia. It is slow and dark. It has an a minor feel, although it is actually modal with some similarities to a minor.RigaudonThe capstone of the suite is its final movement, which is a rigaudon. It is fast, loud, and angular. It has a strong Am...

16 MIN2018 SEP 23
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SUITE FOR KEYBOARD - in A | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Dreamstate Binaural

15 MIN2018 SEP 15
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Dreamstate Binaural

SONATA FOR KEYBOARD – in g minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com

Keyboard Sonata in g minorThis is a keyboard sonata in g minor. It follows the classical sonata form. Stylistically, it is a blend of pop, neo-romanticism, minimalism, and modernism. It tends to be a bit on the dark side, although there are plenty of spots where the light shines in.I've always greatly appreciated the keyboard sonata as a form. Growing up, I particularly enjoyed the Beethoven piano sonatas. The Eighth Piano Sonata (Opus 13) was a particular favorite of mine. This particular sonata in no way attempts to mirror that one, or even Beethoven generally. If anything, it sounds a bit like Chopin in some places, and perhaps like Rachmaninov in others. Nevertheless, my affinity for the keyboard sonata is directly attributable to the Pathetique.Some Notes onSonata for Keyboard in g minorThis keyboard sonata is a three-movementsonata that mostly follows the classical standard sonata format. Stylistically, I would describe it as neo-romantic. It has some dissonance, some quartals...

27 MIN2018 SEP 7
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SONATA FOR KEYBOARD – in g minor | AsteriskedMusic.Com
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