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I have been a secret fan of Ludovico Einaudi since 2003, when I first heard his minimalist music play across the airwaves of Classic FM. It wasn’t until I listened to a live recording of a concert that was played on Classic FM that I immediately fell in love with his music.

In all honesty, I don’t know how to ‘love’ music, but certain genres of music and in particular, orchestral scores can capture my emotions and stretch my imagination. The same can be said with select indie bands, and a spectrum of popular music from a variety of genres used in television or commercial ads. I prefer music with no lyrics, mainly classical, as I don’t like to think while I listen to music.

The music of Ludovico Einaudi is quite unique. I can happily listen away to his albums on iTunes, or on my MP3 player for hours on end. What makes Einaudi’s music so appealing to me is not only the minimalist keystrokes of unified notes played on the piano, but his music is composed of a series of patterns. His music can stir the mind to feel relaxed enough to be able to meditate and reflect on the musings of everyday life, without feeling distracted because of the balanced composition and gentle classical style. I find Einaudi’s music to be really therapeutic. Very rarely, does Einaudi make his listeners feel chased, or be thrilled with a sense of adrenaline, unlike for example – orchestral movie scores.

As an artist, I too have a minimalist approach in how I express myself through different mediums in art and design. It’s not so much of a personal limitation of being able to express myself on canvas to create colour and noise across whitespace, but it’s the composition of being able to use whitespace to shape a design that looks elegant and smart. I also admire everyday shapes and patterns, and I can easily find myself lost in the small things in life.

Part of my musical ramblings is not only to reflect upon the stillness of life through music, but I had the opportunity to watch a live stream of Ludovico Einaudi on YouTube, where he was playing on his accustomed piano from home in Milan, Italy. I was literally thrilled to come across it and watch the whole stream.

It’s amazing how technology can allow broadcasters and musicians alike to allow people to tune in through a live video broadcast. I was more curious that I was one of the 1,500 odd people watching Einaudi play live on YouTube. We are talking of a popular classical composer and pianist, who has sold millions of copies, and has a fan base of over 300,000 followers on his official Facebook page.

It reminded me of the time when internationally acclaimed classical violinist Joshua Bell appeared incognito, when he took stage at a nearby subway station in Washington, DC where he played beautiful classical music for passersby, only for people to fail and acknowledge that it was Joshua Bell.

It’s pretty fascinating to learn from these two stories that people will pay good money for premier seating to see these musicians play in sold-out concerts, and yet people failed to see them play for free at our own convenience, whether we were commuting on route to work, or simply watching our favourite musical artists from the very comfort of our web browsers.

~Richard