The Shape Of Things

by Josh Johnston

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A piano solo instrumental disc recorded and released in 2010

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Shape Of Things via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • A bundle of the 3 Josh Johnston solo CDs (the Moon Landing EP also thrown in for good measure)

    Asylum Harbour (2008) - songs
    The Shape Of Things (2010) - piano solo
    The Art Of Saving Lives (2018) - songs

    You can stream these three CDs here on Bandcamp and on Spotify as well as other digital music partners.
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  • 5 CDs released by Shandon Records featuring the piano playing and compositions of Josh johnston

    A Minor Happiness - David MacKenzie & Josh Johnston (2004)
    Asylum Harbour - Josh Johnston (2008)
    Notes Home - David MacKenzie & Josh Johnston (2008)
    The Shape Of Things - Josh Johnston (2010)
    The Art Of Saving Things (2018)

    free copy of Moon Landing EP thrown in to all orders.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Moon Landing (EP) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Josh Johnston’s music is very improvisational and he encourages other musicians to improvise as well, even when playing his compositions. Despite this, he has received many requests for sheet music to performances from the album “The Shape Of Things”. Josh was happy to oblige and has transcribed three of the titles from the album.

    This piano solo, as improvised by Josh Johnston on his 3rd solo album The Shape Of Things, was transcribed by Josh at the time of release of the album along with two other titles.

    Once we e notification from Bandcamp. we’ll send you the file as an attachment. There are no security devices on these files to stop you sharing it around all your friends – they’re straightforward PDFs. On the other hand, the system is done on goodwill so please do encourage your friends to buy their own copies rather than photocopying or file sharing.

    Enjoy, and once you have the chords and the harmonies in your head, feel free and enjoy playing around with them. It’s fun.
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  • Josh Johnston’s music is very improvisational and he encourages other musicians to improvise as well, even when playing his compositions. Despite this, he has received many requests for sheet music to performances from the album “The Shape Of Things”. Josh was happy to oblige and has transcribed three of the titles from the album.

    This piano solo, as improvised by Josh Johnston on his 3rd solo album The Shape Of Things, was transcribed by Josh at the time of release of the album along with two other titles.

    Once we e notification from Bandcamp. we’ll send you the file as an attachment. There are no security devices on these files to stop you sharing it around all your friends – they’re straightforward PDFs. On the other hand, the system is done on goodwill so please do encourage your friends to buy their own copies rather than photocopying or file sharing.

    Enjoy, and once you have the chords and the harmonies in your head, feel free and enjoy playing around with them. It’s fun.
    ... more

      €4 EUR or more 

     

  • Josh Johnston’s music is very improvisational and he encourages other musicians to improvise as well, even when playing his compositions. Despite this, he has received many requests for sheet music to performances from the album “The Shape Of Things”. Josh was happy to oblige and has transcribed three of the titles from the album.

    This piano solo, as improvised by Josh Johnston on his 3rd solo album The Shape Of Things, was transcribed by Josh at the time of release of the album along with two other titles.

    Once we e notification from Bandcamp. we’ll send you the file as an attachment. There are no security devices on these files to stop you sharing it around all your friends – they’re straightforward PDFs. On the other hand, the system is done on goodwill so please do encourage your friends to buy their own copies rather than photocopying or file sharing.

    Enjoy, and once you have the chords and the harmonies in your head, feel free and enjoy playing around with them. It’s fun.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Shape Of Things via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more

      €4 EUR or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 8 Josh Johnston releases available on Bandcamp and save 15%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Where We're Standing Now, Moon Landing (EP), Songs From Last Year, The Art Of Saving Lives, The Shape Of Things, Asylum Harbour, Notes Home, and A Minor Happiness. , and , .

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about

On September 25th 2010, Shandon Records released the third CD by Dublin pianist and composer, Josh Johnston. The release was marked by concerts in Ireland and the UK.

Josh's previous albums (Three Friends 2000 and Asylum Harbour 2008) were noted for his distinctive piano style but also for their lyrics - sometimes playful, sometimes provocative. In The Shape of Things, Johnston boldly abandoned lyrics altogether. "Going purely instrumental wasn't only a response to the turbulent times we live in," says Johnston, "but when I thought about it, I figured the last thing the world needed today was yet more words. There are both too many words and, at the same time, not enough to give us calm in these times."

The Shape Of Things is a piano-solo CD recorded over one day in January 2010 in St. Peter's Church of Ireland in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Masterson and produced by Johnston himself.

The CD features eleven original compositions, a new composition by long-time collaborator David MacKenzie and a unique interpretation of The Late Train by Birr singer/songwriter Roesy with whom Johnston toured regularly from 2001-2006.

Johnston's live performances are often elevated by a high degee of spontanaeity. The Shape of Things captures that improvising spirit: while all the tracks on the CD had a composed structure, various parts throughout were improvised in the studio, including the covers.

The idea of a completely instrumental album had been brewing for a while. Josh explains, "I've always put instrumentals into my live set as the piano and my piano style are such an important part of my sound and I know that people enjoy that side of my playing. Many people had been suggesting that I should record a purely instrumental piano album but I always resisted. I could always hear other instruments in my arrangements and love working with other musicians."

"When I was recording a follow-up to Asylum Harbour, I spent a day recording piano with Brian Masterson who I'd worked with before with David MacKenzie and on Asylum Harbour itself. We went to Drogheda to record with no preconceptions, but to record whatever happened."

"The sound grew organically from the beginning of the session which took place at the tail-end of the big freeze in the middle of January 2010. I think the atmosphere is really palpable from the tracks and that informed my choice of cover art as well. By the end of the day we had 13 tracks."

Upon its release, tracks from the CD received positive reviews, particularly in the US where the CD stayed in the Zone Music Airplay Top 10 Chart for New Age Releases for five consecutive months.

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released October 1, 2010

Josh Johnston - Piano

Produced by Josh Johnston
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Brian Masterson

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Pianist / Singer / Songwriter from Dublin, Ireland 3 Solo CDs & 2 EPs available - new piano solo album to be released September 4th 2020

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