“Shifting” Michael McDonald

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Michael McDonald: “Shifting”

Michael McDonald grew up in North Carolina, USA, but has for the last 15 years lived in Helsinki, Finland, where he is the music teacher in an english-language school.

A gifted pianist, Michael enjoys exploring the sound-world of different and unusual pianos, which has drawn him to many of the more recent sample libraries from Native Instruments such as ‘The Maverick’, and ‘Una Corda’ (a prepared piano about which I will be writing more here soon!), as well as Spitfire Audio’s “Gwilym Simcock Felt Piano”, which is heard in this beautiful piece ‘Shifting’.

Michael says of this track:

“I work on music in my 6-year-old daughter’s room. My speakers are surrounded by a huge pile of stuffed animals. My daughter often asks me to ‘play her to sleep’ at night, so I work on these quiet piano pieces, mostly improvising around some simple idea, and later realize she’s fallen asleep.
I love the work of Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds and hope to include some small facet of their work in my own.”

Michael’s SoundCloud page contains a lot more tracks, many of them evocative experiments with the sounds of the latest new instruments he has acquired, and it is well worth exploring his work there:

Follow: Michael McDonald on SoundCloud

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Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is a pianist, writer and teacher based in Milton Keynes UK. He runs a successful independent teaching studio and music education business, Keyquest Music.

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