David Hicken ~ Classical Crossover Pianist

Albums

The Final Toccata

Released 1990
President Records, London
Released 1990
President Records, London
My debut album was released when I was nineteen, and included some of my very first compositions. The use of sequencers allowed me to experiment with a variety of sounds as well as the blending of genres, although classical influences are certainly evident.
NOTES
I used Korg instruments to record this album - the M1, T3 and 7100 digital piano. Everything was sequenced using the internal 8-track sequencers in both the M1 and T3 which were synced together to give a total of 16 tracks. It was particularly challenging to work on tiny digital displays with only a couple of lines of text, but the main challenge was running out of polyphony. (This means that the instruments struggled to play back all of the sounds that were required).

The album was recorded at Power Station studios in New York, which was owned by Jon Bon Jovi's uncle. I was excited when I signed with President Records, not only because it was my first record contract and I was only nineteen, but one of my heroes - Rick Wakeman, was also signed to the label at that time.

Many of the titles in this album were inspired by my moving to America. The Harbour of Passion (Harbour is the English spelling) was about my first visit to Baltimore Harbour with my new girlfriend. Quarters is about the game that is played with coins and a glass (usually when one is drunk).

The photo of that young fellow with the ponytail and the earring was taken outside an office building in downtown Baltimore.