Parallax for piano
Martin Galway's Parallax, by me, live, on a real
piano, without any edits or overdubs. Please excuse the sound quality
and the occasional fuckups.
P.S. You might also want to check out One man and his piano.
First of all, I'm glad that so many people have downloaded and liked this
piece. Even Galway himself has commented on it!
It has been rumoured that I was inspired by THC Flatline's remix. This is
most probably wrong, since I hadn't heard his remix when I decided upon
the score for my version. =) However, I like the THC Flatline remix a lot,
and he adds a little twist to the plot. Coincidentally I add the same
In the original, Parallax consists of two separate parts. First there is
the intro, the wonderful blippy-bloppy part that probably scares away most
potential listeners. Then comes the main part with four repeating chords
(sorry for the oversimplification) that goes on all the way to the end
effect. But as I sat playing around with this at the piano, I was
flabbergasted: These two parts can be played together. This is what both
THC Flatline and I do.
What are my influences then? Well, I stole a few bars from Jordan Rudess'
solo in Crossing Over. (The CD is called Rudess Morgenstein
Project.) I'm also a big fan of Franz Liszt. Galway mentioned that my piano
version makes Parallax sound more like Philip Glass now. I agree, and the
thought had actually crossed my mind before he mentioned it.
Well, to round off, Galway himself is of course the greatest influence of
them all. He is the greatest SID composer so far. =)
About the score
I thought it would be fun, so I made a transcript. This had three
- I became more fluent in MusiXTeX (a TeX package that lets you typeset music).
- I could finally settle for one version; Instead of having a bunch of random
improvisations trying to fit together, I now have a standard way of playing the
piece. I can then make improvisations upon that standard, but the standard is
- And the third advantage is not for me, but of course for all other piano
playing sidheads out there. Now, lack of ability to play by ear is no longer an
excuse for not learning this party icebreaker... Spread the music, not the
Feel free to improvise! Parallax For Piano started as an improvisation, and
it should kind of remain that way. I've tried to write down more or less
exactly what I play (or aimed to play) in the mp3 recording. But don't feel
obliged to follow that at all! Especially not the left hand part starting at
bar 279 (marked "ad lib").
I place this data in the public domain. Do what thou wilt.