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Frédéric Fropin




All articles tagged "Music"

A New Collection in the Works

I am indeed practicing to record (gonna start with 13 Zelda arrangement videos), but I've recently dropped some time (uh...maybe nearly 30 hours' worth) into NieR: Automata, and it's goddamn brilliant. It's the only single-player game I've played since Ori and the Blind Forest that ...

Mid-Season Update

Well, half of 2017 has come and gone, and it probably seems like I have, too. I mean, I have, so that's probably why it seems that way.

Some Stream Stats

Hot damn, I'm behind on my blogging. March must have been so bad that I didn't even take time for a brief month-in-review post. Oh well, time to do a bit of catching up.

The other day in stream I was talking about how it would be cool ...

Month in Review: February 2017

I'm a little late on this one, but it's okay, because it'll be short.


First, I finished my "Tour of Kanto Suite," which comprises seven arrangements of town/city themes from Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow. Second, I redid all of my Streamlabs ...

Frustrating Evening

Well, I had the stream all ready to go. Updated my Twitch page, cataloged several hundred scores, made my OBS look fresh, tested all my mics, and even made a countdown splash page instructing people to make requests before I actually start playing.

And then my web hosting died.

And ...

Piano Notation, MuseScore, and You #2: Creating Space

A bit more MuseScore-specific than its predecessor, this installment will focus on some crucial techniques for creating space to give your notes some breathing room.

Month in Review: January 2017

I figured it'd be helpful (to me, not you) to have a brief retrospective at or near the end of every month to assess how well or poorly I'm doing at meeting my goals. Let's have a gander at January, shall we?

Buying myself more time: cutting ...

Piano Notation, MuseScore, and You #1: Cross-Staff Beaming

When I write, I do it at the piano with a black Pilot G2 fine-point pen and manuscript paper. It's the easiest and fastest way to take notes out of my head and put them into some physical medium. When I'm finished with whatever I'm working on ...

State of the Union, December 2016

Uh, hey. It's been, what, like six months? Seven? I'd way we're marginally overdue for a little State of the Union address. If you want the short version...the good: I'm alive and well, I have my piano back, and I'm definitely returning to streaming ...

Uh, hi.

Dear God, it's been over two months. With the piano gone, I've really just fallen off the face of the Earth, I guess. I don't think too many people actually read my blog, but I know a couple of you check in from time to time, so ...

Why Your High-End Piano VST Still Sounds Like Garbage

Sometimes I listen to YouTube and just let "autoplay" do its thing and take me where it will. This morning I moved quite randomly from Kapustin into Prokofiev and this started playing:

Update: turns out the video was deleted, so, uh, no more video.

Within a handful of seconds I ...

Woot, Made a Video

I have so much CSS to fix on the music portion of my site, but who cares, made video. Quality not stellar, but who cares, made video. It feels nice to finally have done something. Check it out, yo.

Streaming to Resume Monday, 10/26

My regular listeners will have noted my absence from Twitch this week, and perhaps also the cryptic update to the blurb on my stream page indicating that changes to the schedule are forthcoming. The long and short of it is that, while I find streaming highly enjoyable, especially taking viewer ...

Upcoming Stream Features

I've been streaming for a solid three weeks now, and have been getting great feedback and a lot of solid requests as I slowly build a follower base, so I just want to let you guys know what's coming up.

Also I'll just go ahead and mention ...

No Stream Tonight, 08/26

I need to put a little more thought into my streaming schedule. 6p to 8:30p every night is not realistic in terms of keeping balanced everything in my life that needs to be kept balanced. I may try taking Wednesdays off and streaming earlier in the day (2p to ...

No Stream Tonight, 08/17; Request System Coming Soon

I really hate to cancel a stream less than a week into my Twitch-streaming journey, but I can't reasonably play at the moment: maybe it's a function of near-100-degree heat and running out of coffee this morning, but I have a splitting headache that only gets worse when ...

Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 4 in F Minor

This is an absolutely phenomenal (and basically completely unknown) piano concerto by German-Polish composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka. If you've got nothing to listen to for the next 43 minutes, you can't go wrong with this.

Performed by pianist Francois Xavier Poizat, with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra under Lukasz ...