Busted Piano is the result of playing around on the Plink platform, and in the video you can see the visualization used on the platform – a moving line, waveform of little blobs. I chose a particularly whiny, mechanical sounding synth for an instrument on Plink. To my ears, it sounded like a badly maintained player piano, or a wonky honky-tonk. To get the clips to sound more musical, I worked in a couple of bass guitars, a sax, some crooning vocalizing and an Afro-Cuban Piano – an instrument in Logic which is suitably analog-sounding.
In the end, the track reminded me of something you’d hear coming out of a dark, smoky bar somewhere, where the singer perches on the piano and the pianist – bowler hat on head, chewing on a cigar – hammers away at the keys. I probably have an over-active imagination, but it’s how I got the song’s title. (I do not advise mutilating the keys of your piano with stiletto heels.)
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