David Hicken ~ Classical Crossover Pianist

Albums

The Shadow of Youth

Released 1992
Prestige Records, London
Released 1992
Prestige Records, London
My second album featured some darker tracks as well as more romantic tracks with richer and fuller orchestration. Many of the compositions were based upon events that were happening in my life at the time.
NOTES
I continued to use Korg instruments for this album because I preferred their sounds, and found the keyboards to be much easier to use than many others. I also had several Korg sound modules such as the O3RW and Wavestation SR. Additionally, I used a Kurzeweil K2000, a Roland S-550 sampler (a nightmare to use) and my 3-manual Viscount digital church organ. Some of the wind parts were performed on a Yamaha MIDI wind controller, and percussion was played using a Roland Octopad.

I used Opcode's Vision sequencing software for this album, and used timecode to sync a Toa multitrack machine. Many of my outboard effects units were made by Alesis.

My favorite tracks from this album are "The Harbour Revisited", "Wrottesley Hall" and "Desires of the Heart". I wanted a really big and symphonic sound for all of these tracks, and I pushed the technology that I had to its absolute limit. The resulting sound is the best I could do with what I had at the time.