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Eighty eight keys. Twenty six letters. That’s it. That’s all that separates me from oblivion.

Often when I sit at the piano with my laptop resting on top, getting ready to write, it hits me: every key is there, every letter already formed, every pitch ready to vibrate into the air. All of the actual components are right there in front of me — the only thing I can do is order them. All I have are eighty eight keys, and twenty six letters to say something that matters.

This is somewhat of a misnomer in itself, the eighty eight keys on the piano are really just twelve pitches in repetition — in fact some pianos (often really beautiful ones that are also insanely expensive) are made with an extra octave at the bottom, bringing the total to one hundred keys. Similarly, when I sit at my MIDI controller writing into my computer, I only have access to seventy two. The number of keys to play are completely arbitrary; in many ways a more accurate title of this essay would be “12/26”. C/C#/D/D#/E/F/F#/G/G#/A/A#/B — there you go, now you have them.

Read more at medium.com/end-of-the-alphabet/

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New website launches!

Hey everybody!

I'm thrilled to welcome you to my new, official website.  I haven't had a place of my own on the web for several years, so it's really exciting for me to be able to welcome you to the new place. You dig?  I hope so.

Here is where you'll be able to hear about my latest projects, listen to my newest songs, and find out about my next live shows that are coming up.

So take a look around, take the grand tour.  Bathroom's on your left, closet on the right.  Make yourself at home - I hope you'll stay a while.

--Z

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