Welcome !

In this blog I mainly talk about music,l especially, about MY band, K E I K E N ! :-), as well as a few "Piano solo" covers I posted on youtube and also a litle bit, of photography here.

You can listen to the songs using the player below, for free obviously. And if you like them, please register as a fan, so I can become famous in my village :-)

You can also visit the blog about my trip in China or the blog about my trip in Australia

You can use the tag cloud on the left to navigate or find what you're looking for, or use the Labels on the left too. Thanks for coming ! :-)


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New sound along with the new name !!!!

It's been a long time I was quite unhappy with the way my songs sounded. The actual sound was pretty different from what I had in mind, so I decided to start all the mixes again...from scratch !

Believe me, that was a HUGE amount of work, but even if the result is not perfect, everybody seems to think it's much better than before, so I'm quite pleased.

At the moment, I finished 2 songs : Electronic Hell and Hope. I left "Trip d'une nuit de printemps" untouched cause I was happy with it, and I'm currently working of a new, way better version of "Hollidays"

I'm also working on a website instead of this blog, where I'll post tutorials on Ableton Live, a software I'm getting to know a bit better now, with the only - very selfish - motivation to attract people on the site ;-) . Well I guess I wanna help too :-)

Stay tuned ! A lot of news will be coming in the next weeks !

Saturday, February 28, 2009

New name

Yeah, I never really liked "Dinaiz" to be honest + I didn't give up the hope to make music with other people one day, so this is it, I gave a new name to this band (where I'm alone so far ;-))

Say hi to :

K e i k e n

It means "Experience" in Japanese. Why ? Please don't ask... It's a mix of (a lot of) randomness and (a recent) interest for Japanese culture.

Anyway, the web site is now: www.reverbnation.com/keiken

Move your ass on Hop2cu :-)

Hey hey !

This song should wake you up after the latest releases which where a little bit relaxed. This time I tried to make something more "Drum'n bass-ish" but...not totally.

I think there's still a lot of work on this song, but here for you, people from Tournefeuille and all over the wolrd, the first draft !!!

You'll find it as usual on www.reverbnation.com/keiken

Saturday, August 16, 2008

More music !!!

Hi folks !!

Two new releases today : Pommie and Hope
You can find them here : http://www.reverbnation/keiken

Friday, July 25, 2008

New song : Hollidays

Hey !

A new song, written a long time ago, but produced at the worst possible moment : while beeing on the road, between all the constraints of a nomadic road :-)

It's still electro-psychedelic-weird stuff by the way .

And the tradditional footer :

Check it out on mp3.com (http://www.mp3.com/artist/dinaiz/summary/), on reverbnation (http://www.reverbnation.com/keiken) or on the mini-player, at the top of the page !

Comments are welcome, and don't be afraid of criticizing ;-)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New blog : Dinaiz 2.0 !!

Hi !

Ok I had to make a pause during my trip around Australia. Why ? to make money of course ! A couple of weeks ago I found a job : I have to implement a Drupal CMS for a nice company called Entourage Group, in brisbane.

After a few weeks and a lot of problems (especially supporting IE 6), I decided to create a new blog to share my experience, and some tips I gathered here and there. This blog talks about development and web 2.0 . Any comments are welcome !


Monday, May 5, 2008

Electronic Hell

Hello !!!!
After a (very) long time without any news, I'm back !

This is the first "draft" of my latest prod : Electronic Hell.

It's actually an old song, I wrote like 10 years ago, but never properly recorded. Now it's (more or less) done, and though I plan to change a lot of stuff, I decided to release a first draft

Check it out on mp3.com (http://www.mp3.com/artist/dinaiz/summary/), on reverbnation (http://www.reverbnation.com/keiken) or on the mini-player, at the top of this page.

As usual comments are welcome, and don't be afraid of criticizing ;-)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Big changes !

"What happened ???!!! Where are all the posts about China ? And when will we see posts about Australia ?!!"

OK no worries ! for many practical reasons, I decided to split the blog in 3 !

I hope this is not too confusing ! Actually I didn't like the idea to have some posts in English, and some others in French.

Meanwhile, I published my first post about Australia on  http://dinaizinoz.blogspot.com !

Cheers Mates !

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Subscription now available !

Thanks to feedburner, now subscription is available ! What does that means ?

Before you had to come back from time to time to check nothing has been added to the blog. Now with subscription, you can just give your e-mail address (in the box on the left of the blog !) and you will be notified every time there's a new post in this blog. Don't worry, you won't get spammed, as I don't post that many things, you'll receive only a couple of e-mails per month.

Isn't it fantastic ?

Of course, you can also subscribe using RSS/atom instead of e-mails, for those who now how to use it.

Enjoy !!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Life on mars

Merry Christmas folks !!

Here's my latest video, "Life on Mars" by David Bowie !

In my opinion, this one really lacks of a voice, so if you are a (good) singer, feel free to contact me so we can do a video, even if you live in Shanghai, with internet it shouldn' t be a problem !!


Click here to watch "Life on mars" on youtube

Friday, November 16, 2007

Photos from Berlin are online

(Click here for full screen)

A cool website to practice music theory

The website eMusic theory has put online miscelaneous exercices to help you practicing music theory.

You can train yourself at note reading, chords reading, intervale hearing, rythm and more ... and it works for any instrument (even for singers !) . Moreover they're quite fun (funier at least than 1h spent in a class room with an old music teacher)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Trip d'une nuit de printemps on mp3.com

Antibes by night
This version is quite different than the one available on youtube (see below). While the youtube version is 100% live, this version has been recorded using cubase (or was it cakewalk ?? I don't remember actually ! It was a few years ago already) and every part has been recorded sperately, plus there are 2 pianos and one synth.

Check it out on mp3.com : http://www.mp3.com/artist/dinaiz/summary/

As usual comments are welcome !

Thoughts about improvisation

One day I read a post on the piano players group on couchsurfing.com website, of a classically trained girl who wondered about how to improvise on a piano. She seemed to have a very good technique but didn't know where to start with improvisation. I tried to explin my view about the topic, because despite my poor technique, I still try to improvize a lot. Surprisingly, some people like this post, according to the comments I received on the site, so I decided to share this post with you. Maybe you can grab a few hints, but overall, don't hesitate to add you comments and share your knowledge. this is only my humble opinion :-)

Jazz means improvisation, and improvisation means hearing what you are going to play !

I started the piano when I was 16 and like you, I had to stop because of studies. I just restarted 2 years ago and decided to realy dig into improvisation.

Sometimes in life, weaknesses become strengths ! Maybe if Ray Charles hadn't been blind, he wouldn't have been an outstanding piano player. I'm not Ray Charles but, for sure, I have always been very very very bad at score reading. As a result, instead of spending hours reading scores, I always tried to play by ear, and I think this the basic for playing jazz.

To play jazz, you have to hear what you are going to play, and to do that, you have first to be able to play what you hear. Do you follow me ? ;-)

Training your hear is not difficult ! First you have to learn chords. You'll find a lot of info on the internet on how to play basic chords (Majors, minors, and 7th, only). I must insist on this point : knowing chords a(and knowing them well) is mandatory for jazz.

Then first try with REALY easy songs (children tunes for example). Listen to them, and try to reproduce them. Then try to find the chords on the net, and compare with what you're playing. At the begining it will seem realy difficult, but you'll see after a few weeks, it will be a game.

When you feel comfortable with that, try with pop songs (as an example, one of the first song I learnt this way was "Can you feel the love ?" by Elton John - Hint : it starts with an F major chord) .

When you feel comfortable with that, you can start improvising . What I do when I want to improvise is :
- I take a set of chords
- I play them for a while
- And while playing only the chords, I imagine a melody
- when I have the melody in mind, I try to play it.

That's it. After a while again it will become natural .

Then what you will need to improve is :
- more imagination
- a better technique

I don't worry for the technique, as, after 11 years of classical music, you must not be too bad. You'll have to learn jazz chords (M7, min7, sus4 , half-diminished, etc ... ) and the associated scales, but I'm going a bit too far for the moment !

And for imagination, my personal technique is : to listen as much music as I can to grab ideas from other musicians and ... to sing. Just try to invent melodies and sing them. It will wake the creator who sleep in everyone of us.
And moreover, singing will make you happy ;-)

Now, you know where to start ! :o) (at least according to me)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Trip d'une nuit de printemps

This is song I wrote some time ago...
Well "wrote" is a bit bit too much maybe :-)
Actually this song come from several small improvisations I did and aranged together.

I'll post the mp3 version soon (with 2 pianos and synths)

Click here to watch "Trip d'une nuit de printemps" on youtube

Monday, October 15, 2007

Victor's Piano Solo

Hi !
This time, it's not a song from Yann Tiersen, but from Danny Elfman (yeah, the dude who wrote the Simpsons Theme !!!). It's from the film "The corpse Bride". Normally the song is unfinished, so I copied the end one guy wrote and played on youtube.

Click here to watch "Victor's piano solo" on youtube

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

La valse d'Amélie

Another song for Yann Tiersen and from the movie, Amélie . Enjoy

Click here to watch "la valse d'Amélie" on youtube

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Comptine d'un autre été - l'après midi

This my first attempt of broadcasting music played by me on the net . This one is from "Le fabuleux destin d'amelie poulain", and was written by Yann Tiersen . More coming soon !

Click here to watch "Comptine d'un autre été - l'après midi" on youtube


Friday, June 29, 2007

Pique nique quelque part dans l'arriere pays ...

Et voila les fameuses photos du non moins fameux pique nique, histoire de remémorer quelques bons moments à ceux qui y étaient, et aussi de donner envie à ceux qui n'y étaient pas, de venir à la prochaine edition qui devrait avoir lieu ... bah je sais pas moi, le plus tôt possible ?

Clique ici pour voir la gallerie de photos ...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Photos du cap d'antibes

Cap d'Antibes - Chemin

J'ouvre un blog pour poster mes differentes photos avec 2 - 3 annectodes.

Pour le premier post, voici quelques images d'une sortie au cap d'antibes le 8 mai dernier, avec mon fidele reflex pentax K10D, ainsi que quelques photos d'Antibes, plus anciennes !

Vous trouverez tout ça ici !

Cap d'Antibes en Noir et Blanc