I Do my Writing on Sheet Music and Give it Over to My Own Computer Engineering Using A Laptop and a Minimum of Expensive Tools
About Heavy Vacation and Erik the composer
Artist and composer Erik Peter Hansen was knocked down to a bare minimum of life by severe mental illness in the late eighties. He spent most of his young life within inpatient and outpatient clinics and hospitals. Music therapy came into his life immediately as taught by great members of the Salt Lake Valley's Mental Health Organizations. Erik took what he knew, educated himself and when he could went on to help and mentor other mentally ill artists. When it was possible he sung bass-baritone with the Utah Symphony and Opera for more than seven seasons.
At age 29 the psychotic events that came from huge rushes of mania and depression became too difficult and dangerous for Erik and the people around him. His wise neurologist, parents and friends decided to take the drastic measure of applying Electroconvulsive treatments to a schedule of therapy for Erik. His entire memory was eventually lost and he started over...
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I am a manic-depressive composer that underwent E.C.T. for 7 years. My moods calmed down but my memory was thrashed. Also, I received brain damage in 2000 when in a head-on collision and after that I remembered nothing but a few headlines. No more playing this level of piano for me. No more recalling any education at the University of Utah. No more education or work with The Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. My brain couldn't recall those classes or even the concerts spanning that decade when I was in my twenties. My keyboard skills and theory needed for playing longer than a few measures was gone also.
These pieces are written for Beautiful MIDI instruments and a MIDI acoustic player piano, Yamaha "Disklavier" or Steinway "Pianodisc" (which I hopefully will own someday.) Some were written in Finale while in a Super-8 Motel having doubts about life and family. The music was processed by Kontakt, Audacity and Logic. Finally I performed and recorded many of them on the MIDI instrument "Alicia's Keys" a virtual Yamaha C2 piano. I continued with Logic when making better recordings with all software "players" and their instruments.
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