Over the past week, I have worked to redesign the layout of this site. The audio players that come with the build tools are absolutely pathetic; they'll play one second of audio, stop, buffer, one more second, stop, buffer, etc. Only after reloading the page will it sometimes work. If you want to experience what dial-up was like, I highly recommend trying out a Weebly built audio or video player.
I have already been using Vimeo to embed my films (more coming by the way!) but getting around the audio issues was creating problems. I decided to go back to SoundCloud and see what I could do from there. I had had an account there for a few years, but when I first joined, the community was rather small, the organization was lacking and the price of a pro account was astronomical (and only showed in Euros, something my bank would not and still will not accept transactions with). I was pleasantly surprised when I logged in for the first time in months to see a new, more usable layout and pro accounts in US dollars that don't require an amputation to afford. As a result, I have uploaded my audio there and have embedded it here for faster and more reliable playback.
I do plan on getting a Pro Unlimited account within the next few days to continue this trend. Once I have recorded some more elaborate pieces, I also plan on embedding selected works for the piano and bass, rather than just the entire playlist. That way, I can streamline this site even more, and have tracks on SoundCloud that are only available there.
My 2-Minute Movie project has suffered a setback, but it's getting on track again. I had to take a hiatus from side projects and focus entirely on music and audio for the past month in order to create a professional portfolio, to host my resume and to join the American Federation of Musicians. As a result of unionizing, I will be forced to raise my prices in accordance with AFM and Local bylaws but it won't be by much.
Now that things are quieting down, I am focusing on getting ready to record Chopin's Etude Op. 25 No. 6 (in thirds, and one of the hardest etudes in the entire series) and a new, complex arrangement for the piccolo bass.