Keyboard Mania - Music/Video Imagery, part 1
The first sample of video statements created in 2019, to accompany the thirty-three stream-of-consciousness solo piano improvisations on my 2001 CD, Keyboard Mania.
Royality-free video backgrounds obtained from: Give Me Free Art, Pexels, Pixabay, Videvo.
This could possibly be viewed as an audio component of Surealism: "a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example, by the irrational juxtaposition of images."
Just as visual art is used to convey emotional angst, I do mine with music, first - though originally I used painting and drawing to express the anguish. It was over time, as my composition and improvisation abilities grew, that music supplanted visual work.
It's all mainly coming to terms with with my reality, after suffering a marijuana-induced psychosis shortly after my 25th birthday.
Not to go into too much detail, but it was like having the Sun burning in my mind, 24/7. I was crushed between unrelenting anxiety and devestating depression to the point that I was practically catonic.
I attribute two things to my survival and becoming "normal." My loving wife, Jane Lamar-Spicka (1947-2005), and the mantra I kept telling myself, "Things WILL get better."
I turned to visual material once again in the hopes of better explaining what was happening in the music, after coming to the realization that many people "hear" music with their eyes rather then their ears.
Though each piece is distinct and original, to the casual listener, it all sounds the same. The same thing occurs when the unexperienced listens to Bach's Keyboard Works.
Keyboard Mania is a collection of several improvisation projects completed in the late 1990s to early 2000s: Artmobile Challenge, Seven Movements of Hysteria,