Nathan Speir - Pianist, Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer


Music - (Samples & Notes)

Quiet Wonder

by Nathan Speir

Released 2018
Neptic Music
Released 2018
Neptic Music
Beautiful acoustic solo piano with rich timbres and nuances. Thoughtful. Relaxing. Enlightening.
In the process of recording my baby grand piano, I tried to capture the shifting timbres of the instrument through the year. Of course this was a delicate process considering the need to care for the piano and maintain an acceptable tuning and humidity level. The result was a beautiful, subtle, changing definition in piano tones and nuances throughout a full length solo piano album; thus, my goal was acheived.

This music, in some respects, is about my wonder in the movements of my own heart. In other respects, my underlying theme for Quiet Wonder is the mysterious Way of return to pristine Simplicity...a mystery indeed. Perhaps the right music at the right time helps inspire such a noble and rare pursuit...or at least warm one’s heart to the idea. Forgive me who falls so short of such spirituallity, still polluting the world with my ego at times...and please accept this music as a small peace offering.
Peace be with you.

~ Nathan Speir

Album Facts:
+ Quiet Wonder is Nathan Speir’s 11th solo artist full album release.
+ Out of those 11 albums, this is the fifth solo piano album released to date.
+ Past solo piano albums are as follows: Nathan’s Piano (2010), Ambient Piano Christmas Vol 1 (2012), Ambient Piano Christmas Vol 2 (2015), Improv 16 (2016)
+ Nathan recorded his baby grand piano in his basement studio using multiple recording techniques.
Nathan purposefully experimented with natural timbre changes in his piano to add subtle changes and variety in piano tone and character. This resulted in additional instrument sounds in the recording such as quiet nocks, squeaks, and other lovely mechanical nuances.

Nathan’s composition style is not entirely “thru-composed”. At times, a map of chords or other tone clusters are premeditated and worked out. Final recordings do often capture unrehearsed ornaments and nuggets of musical character.